Coconut Grove is known for its trees: Giant oaks, hammocks of hardwoods, and leaves the size of an NBA player's palm. Wild foliage is part of what makes that quaint neighborhood charming. Also notable are the shotgun-style houses that line Charles Avenue, such as the Stirrup House, which is the second-oldest residential structure in Miami's oldest neighborhood.
Averette, via Wikimedia Commons
But local activists complain that the development group behind the "Grove Trilogy" of restaurants on Main Highway, is slowly paving its way into the cutest, greenest parts of the 'hood. Most recently, they were slapped with a city fine for demolishing 100-year-old trees, possibly to make way for a parking lot.More »
A Florida panther kitten has only been alive for one month but has already had quite an eventful life.
The kitten was found in late January in Collier County while biologists were conduction field research. The one-pound kitten was found curled into a ball and suffering from dehydration and low body temperature. He's now recovering at the Lowery Park Zoo in Florida, and his caretakers expect him to have a long life ahead of him.More »
You would not want to come across one while snorkeling. They are bloated, malignant-looking, wretched things worth a buck apiece. They feel and taste like boogers. This horrifying, gelatinous creature is known as the sea cucumber and -- at first glance -- looks like something in a medical textbook designed to scare you into celibacy.
via Jacinita Richardson and Paul Fenwick, Wikimedia Commons
But in China, the sea cucumber has the opposite effect. In Asian culture, Trachythyone elongata is a majestic creature and an aphrodisiac that boosts sexual performance. This folk belief likely comes from the animal's phallic shape, as well as a defense mechanism in which it squirts water at would-be attackers.More »
Miami is bizarre enough of a place already that sometimes we forget it's one of three corners of the Bermuda Triangle, the purportedly supernatural stretch of the Atlantic Ocean where, according to myth, ships go missing under mysterious circumstances.
Well, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency has released a statement officially declaring that the myth is bull hockey.More »
With the popularity of the documentary Blackfish, which focuses on captive orcas at SeaWorld, public debate over keeping the endangered species in captivity has reignited.
For years, activists have tried to have Lolita, an orca held captive at the Miami Seaquarium, released. Today, federal officials announced that they are taking the first steps toward having Lolita included in the endangered species listing for Puget Sound orcas. It could be a possible path to having Lolita released to a more natural setting.More »
On first glance, the image to the right looks like an alligator with a laser strapped to its back, which is surely some evil genius's biggest dream. In reality, it's a camera placed there by University of Florida biologists. That may not be as exciting as laser-armed gators, but getting to see a gator-eyed view of the world is pretty neat.
A 2006 image of the aftermath of an Everglades showdown between an invasive Burmese python and a native alligator has become oddly iconic in all its gruesome glory. Neither animal survived the encounter.
Well, authorities in the Everglades recently discovered a rematch, and let's just say this time it was a clear victory for Team Alligator.More »
Over 800 manatees have died this year in Florida waters; the highest number of deaths recorded since records were initiated back in the '70s. That's sixteen percent of the state's total population, and more than twice the number of manatees that died last year.
It began December 6 when a boat captain discovered a pelican on Summerland Key that was all but sure to starve. Someone had cut two six-inch lacerations in the bird, which exposed the creature's trachea and prevented it from swallowing food. Since that gruesome find, at least ten other birds have been discovered with their pouches slashed in a similar manner.
Most recently, two were discovered last night near Summerland and Cudjoe keys. The suffering animals underwent emergency surgery last night at South Dade Animal Hospital. Although those two birds will reportedly be fine after six weeks of rehabilitation, five others have died so far from these attacks.More »