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2009-07-23 08:29:46

Thousands of dead fish were found in Florida Bay this week, possible victims of the summer heat, Everglades National Park officials say. A fish kill normally happens nearly every year in the Everglades, The Miami Herald reports, with floating redfish, snook and other species covering about 20 acres between Buoy Key and the coast. But, not this big, said Dave Hallac, the park's chief of biological resources. "It's just the size of it that was concerning,'' he said. An investigation is under...

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2006-08-18 17:10:00

KEY LARGO, Fla. -- Lain Goodwin eased his boat into Florida Bay, hoping for the water to clear. He looked for the holes in the bay floor where he would always catch some snook, but there was nothing to see. The only clear blue was the sky. Back east across Blackwater Sound, under the construction along U.S. 1, through Barnes Sound and 5 miles north into Biscayne Bay, the water remained the same deep green as the mangrove stands that hug the islands of the upper Florida Keys. The shallow...

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2006-01-06 10:07:01

MIAMI -- Negligent and inexperienced boaters are damaging fragile seagrass in the shallow Florida Bay, destroying habitat crucial to the state's fishing industry, a conservation advocacy group said Thursday. The bay comprises about a third of Everglades National Park, and the seagrass beds that feed pink shrimp, redfish and other marine life cover about 800 square miles, an area about twice the size of Los Angeles, at the bay's bottom. Advocates say a matrix of scars crisscrossing those...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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