Saturday, July 13 2019

 Florida Panther

The Florida panther's natural predator is the American alligator. Humans also threaten it through poaching and wildlife control measures. Besides predation, the biggest threat to their survival is human encroachment. Historical persecution reduced this wide-ranging, large carnivore to a small area of south Florida. This created a tiny, isolated population that became inbred.

The two highest causes of mortality for individual Florida panthers are automobile collisions and territorial aggression between panthers. Primary threats to the population include habitat loss, habitat degradation, and habitat fragmentation. Southern Florida is a fast-developing area and certain developments such as Ave Maria near Naples, are controversial for their location in prime panther habitat. Fragmentation by major roads has severely segmented the sexes of the Florida panther, as well. In a study done between 1981 and 2004, most panthers involved in car collisions were found to be male. However, females are much more reluctant to cross roads. Therefore, roads separate habitat, and adult panthers.

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Wednesday, July 17 2019

 Dolphin

It's not uncommon to see dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico and anyone that's been on a boat finds that they enjoy playing in the boat's wake which makes observation easy. In addition to that it's common to see them when at a beach if you're patient enough to sit back and watch the water beyond the swimming area.

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Wednesday, July 24 2019

 River Otter

This is by far one of my favorite photos and was captured when I was trying to get a shot of a raccoon that was wading in shallow water. Out of the corner of my eye I saw something appear and disappear very quickly. Turning my attention to this activity I saw an otter pop its head out of the water, look at me and go back under the water. A moment later it popped up a few feet away repeating this behavior only to appear again in another spot. It became apparent there was more than one otter so I trained my camera where one had been, sure enough it popped up again, allowing me to capture this picture.

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