Everglades National Park
The U.S. Coast Guard and Florida wildlife officials have wrapped up their efforts to help a pod of pilot whales which became stranded last week off Everglades National Park on the state’s southwest coast.
Wildlife experts were “cautiously hopeful” Thursday as dozens of short-finned pilot whales stranded Tuesday seemed to be heading back to home range in deeper waters. But after aerial observation, 20 of the whales were spotted moving closer toward shore, raising a red flag to experts.
The fate for the remaining live pilot whales seemed bleak Wednesday as the miles between them and their home-range of deeper waters had shallows and sand flats in-between—making it difficult to navigate. However, on Thursday, experts’ optimism boosted as 35 of the whales seem to be headed in the right direction.
Marine experts are trying to figure out what’s causing a pod of whales to beach themselves along Florida’s Southwest coast off Everglades National Park.
It looks like there won’t be a repeat of the Python Challenge next year. Last January, approximately 1,600 people took part in the hunt for Burmese pythons in the Everglades.
Whether you’re looking to be on shore, off shore, with a crowd or in near solitude, here are some of the best spots to watch the sun fade into the horizon and catch those vivid rays of red, orange, pink and purple as they streak across the sky and paint the clouds.
Late Wednesday night Congress passed a plan to avoid a default and end a 16 day partial government shutdown. At Everglades National Park, the gates re-opened just before 9 a.m. The park’s superintendent said he sent a message to their nearly 300 furloughed employees that they could return to work shortly after President Obama signed the legislation.
Fishing guides in the Keys, upset with the government shutdown that has barred the waters of Everglades National Park, spearheaded a rally Wednesday telling federal officials to give them back their fishing grounds.
A Hollywood man had to be treated after he was bitten by a poisonous snake–the second snake incident in a week.
The partial government shutdown is causing two South Florida parks to lose thousands of dollars a day in fees, according to The National Park Service.