A couple of days ago, I went to Long Key with my labmate, Laura, to collect some yellow spotted stingrays for my research. Collecting animals is always an adventure. You never know what you’re going to see! We ended up catching 3 rays, which was fantastic, and seeing lots of other crazy creatures. My favorite by far was the manatee that swam right up to us! This guy was about 7 ft. long and super curious.
Here are some of the other critters….
Swimming with a school of baitfish
The biggest hermit crab I have ever seen!! His shell was about 1 ft. long!
Yellow spotted stingray – super super pregnant (look at that belly!)
Black grouper & mangrove snapper
Puffer fish with a teeny remora
Colonial tunicate (sea squirt)
Gorgonian (soft coral) with its polyps out