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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 ...

16 Percent Of Florida's Manatee Population Died In 2013

AP | Posted 02.20.2014 | Miami

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The number of manatee deaths in Florida has topped 800 for the first time since such record-keeping began in the 1970s. ...

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...

LOOK: Dentist Saves Turtle With Unusual Fix

AP | Posted 09.12.2013 | Miami

MARATHON, Fla. -- A dentist used denture repair adhesive to help mend an endangered green sea turtle's fractured shell in the Florida Keys. On Thursd...

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...

LOOK: Baby Sea Turtle Extravaganza!

AP | SUZETTE LABOY | Posted 11.05.2013 | Miami

BOCA RATON, Fla. — More than 500 sea turtle hatchlings were gently released by hand Thursday onto sea beds off Florida's Atlantic Coast, where t...

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...

Oh, Good GRIEF, Florida!

AP | Posted 06.10.2013 | Miami

BIG PINE KEY, Fla. -- A deer in the Florida Keys is breathing more easily after a deputy removed a Doritos bag from its head. The Monroe County sheri...

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: Llama Trailer Overturns In I-75 Crash

AP | Posted 08.03.2013 | Miami

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. — Four llamas are being evaluated at a southwest Florida veterinary hospital after being involved in a crash on Interstate 75....

Florida Cops Subdue Loose Llama With Taser

AP | Posted 06.03.2013 | Miami

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- When Scooter the llama busted out of his penned-in yard in Tallahassee, it took three county sheriff's deputies and a taser gun t...

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 ...