Geographic information systems-based analysis of manatee mortality in Everglades National Park

Abstract The present study focuses on the patterns of anthropogenic deaths of the Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris), Florida’s official state marine mammal, within the boundaries of Everglades National Park. The Florida manatee is a subspecies of the West Indian Manatee (Trichechus manatus) found primarily in the southeastern United States year-round. During the summer months,… Read More

On Hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico

On the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the costliest natural disaster in American History, Hurricane Isaac struck New Orleans and ravaged the area with 16 inches of rain and abrasive 80-mph gusts of wind. The Bayou, still recovering from Katrina’s wrath seven years ago, experienced severe flooding as the Mississippi River swelled past its banks. More… Read More

Off Topic: Billfish in Popular Culture

For millennia, people have scoured the oceans for leviathans and other sea monsters. Experienced fishermen have scoured the seas for proof of their existence, telling countless stories of elusive giant fish—“the ones that got away”.  Their tales of fish so large that they can sink boats have inspired many myths and even more scientific discoveries.… Read More