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LOOK: 'Monster' Alligator Fight Captured In Grisly Photos

The Huffington Post | Janie Campbell | Posted 07.31.2014 | Green

This is why most Floridians don't walk their dogs near a lake: you just never know when an alligator is lurking nearby, ready to lunge at something sm...

Miners Blow Up Panther Habitat, Then Build Houses Around New 'Lakes'

Tampa Bay Times | Craig Pittman | Posted 01.21.2014 | Miami

To get the rock needed for making pavement and concrete, miners want to dynamite and dig up thousands of acres in Lee and Collier counties that's curr...

Of Course Giant Bear-Dogs Used To Roam Florida

Posted 01.23.2014 | Miami

Everything makes sense now. I think you mean a BOSS evolutionary dead end. pic.twitter.com/lFSLZZgTgl— Spencer Hall (@edsbs) January 2, 2014 ...

LOOK: A Crocodile In Miami Beach!

Posted 11.27.2013 | Miami

Way back over Labor Day weekend, folks at The Standard Hotel told us they'd spotted a crocodile in high-traffic Biscayne Bay. We thought they were pul...

The Scariest Photos Of Alligators You Will Ever See

Posted 11.07.2013 | Miami

We've been safely swimming in Florida lakes our whole lives, but never without a tingle of awareness that at any moment we might see an alligator hurt...

Another State Species In Trouble

Posted 11.05.2013 | Miami

Florida manatees aren't the only native endangered species in trouble in the Sunshine State. The Florida panther, our official state animal and acc...

Just A Matter Of Time?

Sun Sentinel | By David Fleshler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Miami

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Fleeing the police, a suspected car burglar named Justo Padron ran from the parking lot of the Miccosukee casino in western M...

'We Better Learn How To Eat Them, Before They Eat Us'

Sun Sentinel | KEN KAYE | Posted 01.23.2014 | Miami

After trying desperately to eliminate the lionfish, a venomous predator that ravages local reefs and devours other sea creatures, experts think they h...

GIGANTIC Gator Caught By Casey Anthony Witness

Posted 09.09.2013 | Miami

It's a rough time to be a gator in Florida. Not only did the Miami Hurricanes shut down the No. 12-ranked Florida Gators on Saturday, perhaps the a...

Just In Time For 'Shark Week'!

Sun Sentinel | KEN KAYE | Posted 10.06.2013 | Miami

One tiger shark, affectionately known as Harry Lindo, swam an unprecedented 27,000 miles in three years. A couple of others, a tiger and a shortfin ma...

Adorable Manatees Doing Manatee Things With Manatee Friends

The Huffington Post | Janie Campbell | Posted 08.02.2013 | Miami

Manatees are the cutest. (Their cousin, the dugong, is also quite winning!) 1. They high five! 2. They are sometimes really, really adorably ...

LOOK: Turtle FedExed To Vegas To 'Retire'

Reuters | Posted 09.24.2013 | Miami

MIAMI (Reuters) - An ailing 320-pound, green sea turtle, believed to be about 50 years old, was packed in a customized FedEx crate to be shipped to La...

LOOK: These Manatees Need Some Private Time

Sun Sentinel | David Fleshler | Posted 09.22.2013 | Miami

Large, roly-poly mammals are common sights on South Florida beaches, but on Monday afternoon a group of them weren't of the human variety. Seven mana...

They're Disappearing Faster Than Any Other Shark Species

Sun Sentinel | David Fleshler | Posted 09.02.2013 | Miami

A proposal to protect the great hammerhead shark has sparked a debate over whether federal protection is necessary to conserve a majestic ocean predat...

Study: Dolphins Form Long Term 'Bromances'

Posted 07.01.2013 | Miami

If dolphins turn out to be any more human-like in their behavior, they're going to get their own dating web site. A new study by biologists at the...

Mass Animal Deaths At Florida 'Killing Zone'

Posted 06.20.2013 | Miami

Day after day, dolphins floated up dead, emaciated down to their skeletons. Florida's Indian River Lagoon, considered one of the most diverse ecosyste...

LOOK: Local Creatures Like You've Never Seen Them Before

The Huffington Post | Janie Campbell | Posted 06.05.2013 | Miami

Many of us Miamians spend much of our time in nature hoping NOT to see certain Florida animals -- alligators and pythons, for example -- so it's refre...

LOOK: These Unlikely Baby Animal Friends Are The Cutest Ever

Posted 05.15.2013 | Miami

Looking at these photos of adorable baby animal friends at Florida's Dade City Wild Things, it's hard to imagine a less likely trio of pals. Tiger cub...

ANOTHER Rare Great White Encounter In Florida

Sun Sentinel | Robert Nolin | Posted 07.06.2013 | Miami

In choppy seas bloody with chum, miles from the safety of shore, a Fort Lauderdale amateur photographer realized a hair-raising dream: to swim with a ...

Woah! This Is Where You NEVER Want To See A Croc

Posted 04.25.2013 | Miami

Tuesday morning, an Islamorada resident called the Monroe County Sheriff's Office to report that a nine-foot crocodile was nesting in her front yard. ...

Horrible News For Our Favorite Animals

Sun Sentinel | KEN KAYE | Posted 05.29.2013 | Miami

Manatee deaths in Florida appear to be on a record pace and could reduce the gentle sea creatures' overall population to dangerous levels, according t...

The Truth Behind The Possible Giant Mosquito Invasion

The Tampa Tribune | Keith Morelli | Posted 05.25.2013 | Miami

TAMPA -- Here's the latest in the long history of headlines about nature gone wild in Florida: Millions upon millions of giant killer mosquitoes are m...

Scorned Monkey May Find Life Partner After All

The Tampa Tribune | Ronnie Blair | Posted 05.07.2013 | Miami

DADE CITY -- A monkey destined for a research lab could instead end up living with the former Mystery Monkey of Tampa Bay, who now goes by the name Co...

Your Photos Of Florida: The Animals

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics

Last week, we put out a call for photos of Florida to mark the third presidential debate happening in Boca Raton tonight. Our readers in the Sunshine ...

LOOK: Mystery Solved!

The Huffington Post | Christiana Lilly | Posted 10.15.2012 | Miami

Case closed! After the discovery of a giant eyeball that had people scratching their heads, researchers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva...