Whale shark in West Palm Beach, Florida
  Whale sharks, the world's largest fish, feed exclusively on plankton and small fish.This particular whale shark was photographed in West Palm Beach, Florida.  

Sea turtle hatchlings and artificial lights
  Sea turtle hatchlings, such as this green sea turtle, use the natural light of the horizon to locate the ocean when they emerge from their sandy nest at night. Artificial light from buildings, street lights, and beach goers can disorient these sea turtle hatchlings causing them to crawl in the wrong direction. This particular baby turtle nest hatched during the early morning hours and were able to safely crawl into the ocean.  

Sea turtle
  The loggerhead sea turtle's range includes all of the world's ocean except the most coldest climates. These sea turtles inhabit near shore reef habitats as well as inshore bodies of water. This particular female loggerhead sea turtle was photographed near the island of Bimini in the Bahamas.  

Florida Manatee at Crystal River, Florida
  The Florida manatee is typically found in shallow rivers, bays, estuaries and coastal waters. This Florida manatee was photographed at Three Sister's Springs in the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. Manatees seek these warm water springs during the winter time in order to stay warm as temperatures below 68 degrees Fahrenheit can kill them. Learn more about Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge.  

Florida manatee photograph
  The Florida manatees, distant relatives of the elephant, are herbivores who feed primarily on sea grasses and freshwater vegetation. The Florida manatee can reach lengths of up to 10-12 feet and up to 1,800 lbs. They can live up to 60 years in the wild. Due to natural and human causes, the manatee is currently listed in the endangered species act. Learn more about the Florida manatee.  

Bahamas tropical island photo
  This photograph was taken on the eastern end of Grand Bahamas. The Bahamas is an archipelago nation with about 700 tropical islands and 2000 cays covering an area of about 100,000 square miles. Some of the oldest underwater caves in the world exist in the Bahamas.  

  • Whale shark in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Sea turtle hatchlings and artificial lights
  • Sea turtle
  • Florida Manatee at Crystal River, Florida
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