Flats fishing is popular with recreational anglers in the Caribbean and the Florida Keys. But until recently, little was known about tarpon, bonefish and permit—the species most coveted by sports fishermen. Now scientists are studying the fish to better understand their movements, habitat, and spawning behaviors.
While American crocodiles are recovering in parts of their range, their future looks bleak in Jamaica. Habitat loss and poaching for meat have led to a drastic decline in the population. Dedicated scientists and conservationists are working to save the species through research, education, and conservation initiatives.
Deep underwater, on a shipwreck near Key West, lives a tiny potential new threat. Being in the right place at the right time, one expert spotted it and immediately knew that it didn't belong. Researchers want to know where this new species came from, and whether its sudden appearance spells disaster for the delicate coral reef ecosystem in the Florida Keys.
Dr. Denise L. Herzing studies a community of free-ranging Atlantic spotted dolphins that live in the shallow, crystal clear waters of the Bahamas. Through non-invasive, in-water observation; she researches the animals' social structure, behaviors and communication. Now modern technology is making it possible to correlate the dolphins' sounds and behavior, bringing Herzing and her collaborators closer to decoding dolphin communication.