Lots of people that come to Florida for the wildlife likely come for one creature alone: Raccoon Sounds. While this talking mouse is a fun attraction, and very articulate for a rodent, Florida is also filled with a number of other types of equally-appealing species. These beasts might not have been invented by the genius of Disney, but the monsters of Florida definitely allow Mother Nature to provide ol’ Walt a run for his money. The reason for this is straightforward: in Florida, alligators are everywhere. This may not seem exciting to the people who live there: the alligators may be viewed as nothing but pests that swim in ponds, walk slowly across roads, and occasionally eat a neighbor’s cat. However, for people visiting from areas that don’t have alligators, they can be exciting. There’s nothing quite like seeing an alligator, taking a picture of him, and saying how you loved his job in “Crocodile Dundee.”
Dolphins: Dolphins are extremely popular creatures in our culture. Not only are they exceptionally intelligent, with recent researchers in Australia discovering that some dolphins teach their children how to use tools, but there are numerous tales of dolphins protecting humans from danger. One recent story states that many Dolphins in New Zealand swam around a group of stranded swimmers, protecting them from a Great White Shark. The face of a dolphin, apparently always smiling, only further perpetuates our love for them. Dolphins are also one of the only mammals which, like individuals, mate for reasons other than reproduction. See, I told you they were smart.
Manatees: Manatees are aquatic mammals, occasionally referred to as sea cows. Because of their peaceful nature, or their overpowering size, manatees have no known predators. However, human growth has resulted in a harsh decline of the species. This angered many wildlife conservationists who believe manatees should remain listed as an Endangered Species on national and state levels. Presently, there are thought to be between 2000 and 3000 manatees in Florida.
The Florida Panther: The Florida Panther is a subspecies of Puma that is, regrettably, highly endangered. But, this might be only for the time being what once was a booming population is now down to less than 70 breeding panthers, a number which makes up a dismal 5 percent of what the Florida Panther inhabitants once was. The main reason for their demise falls upon human expansion, automobile accidents, and murdering each other, in a struggle over limited territory. These kinds of panthers differ from other types because they have a wider skull, longer legs, and a crook near the end of their tail, a trait that may have resulted from inbreeding the species in an effort to expand the population. Management of the Florida Panther has been a topic rich in controversy as people have contended the best route of conservation. On the bright side, the last few years have seen the Florida Panther population nearly triple.
The wildlife of Florida can be dangerous – fulfilling an alligator or a panther in a dark alley might be an issue for some – but keeping your space and respecting Mother Nature helps to grant you security. Particularly for those who live in property