Registration for the Florida Python Challenge opens

Burmese Python. Photo: Vince Adam/Shutterstock.com On Thursday, the Florida Python Challenge 2024 officially opened for registration. From August 9–18, the yearly competition helps eradicate non-native, invasive Burmese pythons from seven lands controlled by the Commission in South Florida. It is available to both experts and beginners. $10,000 will be awarded to the most pythons removed.

Manatees in Florida have an addiction to power plants. Researchers are easing them off

Manatees — Courtesy: Shutterstock — Image by: Lukasz Machowczyk Manatees in Florida were driven from warm springs to power plants by pollution. Their new built homes are disappearing as the state moves toward renewable energy. On the Gulf Coast of the state, close to Apollo Beach, the huge, gray, barnacled Florida manatees idly float close

A 50-foot sperm whale washes up on a sandbar off the Florida coast of Venice

Sperm whale in water – Courtesy: Animalgraphy Update: Sperm whale has died. Off the Florida shore of Venice Beach, authorities made an effort to assist a 50-foot beached whale on Sunday. By Sunday night, officials had revised their estimates of the whale’s length and weight, which had been 50 feet long and 50,000–70,000 pounds. The

Two excavating in a Florida park covertly turned out 224 historical relics

Withlacoochee River Florida Scenic Landscape – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Essence of a Memory The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that when Florida wildlife officials discovered relic hunters unlawfully excavating in the Withlacoochee State Forest, hundreds of historic objects were retrieved. 224 “indigenous artifacts” in total were discovered, according to a press

Amidst an ongoing mortality crisis, about 1,000 manatees gathered at a record-breaking number at a Florida state park

Manatees Close-Up Portrait – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Andrea Izzotti Manatees in Florida have been fighting for their lives for the past few years, but a few days ago, the species provided a piece of more positive news from one state park. A few dozen miles north of Orlando, in Blue Springs State Park,

Florida purchases panther habitat where native leader lived during the Seminole Wars

Davie, FL, USA – Photo of Major William Lauderdale and The Seminole Wars memorial statue – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Felix Mizioznikov In an effort to aid wildlife in moving north and away from the center of the Everglades, the state recently purchased a sizable portion of land close to Devil’s Garden in Hendry

Upon the discovery of a bear at Disney World, portions of Magic Kingdom were closed

Magic Kingdom, Orlando, FL. — Courtesy: Shutterstock — dorengo5 According to a press release from the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, a bear that forced partial closures at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom on Monday was safely captured and is being transferred. “In most cases, it is best for bears to be given space

An enormous 13-foot, 920 pound alligator is caught in Central Florida

Close up of an alligator in the Florida Everglades — Courtesy: Shutterstock — Thierry Eidenweil A Central Florida alligator hunting guide reportedly caught the gator of a lifetime, which weighed an incredible 920 pounds and was 13 feet long. With more than 20 years of gator hunting experience, Kevin Brotz runs Florida Gator Hunting as

Florida’s water temperatures rise above 100 degrees as some reefs experience a huge coral bleaching disaster

Aerial view of coral reefs in the Florida Keys – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by Bertl123 As a catastrophic bleaching catastrophe and die-off due to high ocean temperatures sweep across reefs in the Florida Keys, an urgent rescue effort is underway to preserve Florida coral species from extinction. Coral experts told CNN that a terrible

Everything you need to know about Florida Keys lobster miniseason

Fisherman organizing lobsters – Courtesy: Shutterstock – Image by WoodysPhotos The Florida Keys are without a doubt the best place in the state to go recreational lobstering. The abundance of spiny lobsters, the consistently clean water, the enormous environment, and the shoreside services for divers are unmatched. What is necessary to keep that appeal? Being