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It is estimated that turtles make as many as 50,000 nests every year on the few sandy beaches in the area. Turtles nest only in sandy areas and almost always do so at night. They are shy of coming ashore if there are lights or activity of any sort. Sandy beaches are rare in the Everglades and Keys and almost all are active nesting areas. Nesting is usually done between May 1 and the end of October. If you happen to see sea turtles on the beach, keep your distance. The best place to find sea turtles is in and around the Keys named for them: the Dry Tortugas.
N The reefs around Dry Tortugas National Park are the best in the Keys due to their relative inaccessibility (read fewer visitors stirring things up) and slightly more tropical location. n In general, the reefs north of Key Largo, off Elliot and Old Rhodes Keys, and off the Lower Keys are harder to reach and see less dive traffic. As a result, they are more pristine. Snorkeling Unfortunately, it is hard to get to the really good snorkeling spots from the Keys. While you can find interesting things right in front of your hotel or campground on the bay and the ocean side, the lush coral reefs that are so famous lie a couple of miles offshore.
SAVE THE PANTHER There are two approaches to saving the Florida panther. Controversial captive breeding programs (said to interfere with nature and rob the noble animals of the dignity of their species’ natural death and decline) are attempting to increase the population. The other approach involves securing large land packages to be set aside as preserved panther habitat. Since the range of a panther can be as much as 25 square miles, a huge amount of land needs to be bought. Several organizations are involved in what is probably the only approach that might offer long-term possibilities for maintaining a viable population of wild panthers.
Adventure Guide: Florida Keys & Everglades National Park, 4th Edition (Hunter Travel Guides) by Bruce Morris