Two massive armor plated dinosaurs face off in the valley of the shadow of death, but only one can claim the turf. What happens next? Well, it’s an aggressive showdown between two American Alligators in the Florida Everglades at Shark Valley, and only one growler can be champion. There I was, a stone’s throw from… Continue reading Gators Gone Wild in Shark Valley
Nurse sharks. They use their mouth as a vacuum to suck up seafood on the sea floor, and they’re not here to take your temperature. They can be found in the open ocean, the seagrass flats, or hiding out under mangroves, usually as juveniles, when their smaller body sizes are offered protection from other bigger… Continue reading Juvenile Nurse Shark In The Mangroves
Gleaming emerald waters lapping at the side of my kayak at low tide like liquefied gems splashing in the sunshine. Welcome to Whitmore Bight, a shallow water mini-bay formed in the coastal curvature of El Radabob Key, a separate island in the census designated area of Key Largo, Florida. I’m here with the juvenile sharks,… Continue reading Kayaking Key Largo at Whitmore Bight in John Pennekamp State Park
Blackwater Sound is a semi protected body of water encompassing about four miles between the west coast of Key Largo and the underwater back country of Everglades National Park, Florida Bay section. It connects to Jewfish Creek, Barnes Sound, Largo Sound, Tavernier Creek, Little Blackwater Sound, Buttonwood Sound, and the aforementioned Florida Bay. Blackwater Sound… Continue reading Kayaking Key Largo, FL – Blackwater Sound
Key Largo is made out of fossilized coral reef. This makes it one of the best kayaking, fishing, and snorkeling locations on Earth. Just about anywhere you launch out from is going to offer something special. Rattlesnake Key is where I decided to go exploring today. There are some creeks and channels around this mangrove… Continue reading Kayaking Key Largo, FL – Rattlesnake Key – Part 1
Salty sea dogs call it The Cut, and it’s been saving Key Largo boaters tons of time and gas since 1963. Officially, it’s the Marvin D. Adams Waterway. This man-made shortcut was excised out of Key Largo’s bedrock like a half-mile, recreational Panama Canal. It chops through the core of Key Largo to create a… Continue reading Marvin D. Adams Waterway, A Short History
Everybody used to travel Miami’s Little River like a watery highway between the Everglades and Biscayne Bay. But these days, there’s too much pollution, and too many dams. Just take a paddle and give it a shot. Little River empties into Biscayne Bay at Belle Meade Island. Little River goes through Little Haiti and Liberty… Continue reading The Little River Pollution Problem in Miami, FL
Just east of the Everglades National Park back country is Blackwater Sound, a roughly three and a half mile wide, semi protected expanse of open water in Key Largo, FL.