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Extra resources for Adventure Guide to the Florida Keys and the Everglades National Park
305-743-1995. 46 Outdoor Adventures n By Seaplane Foremost in out-island tour popularity are half-day seaplane excursions to Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas. Located 70 miles west of Key West, the fort is the most inaccessible National Monument in the Western Hemisphere. The islands, off the beaten path, were named for their lack of fresh water and once-abundant turtle population. Today, prime attractions are the spectacular snorkeling found on the surrounding coral reefs and a chance to explore the historic, hexagonal, brick fort where Dr.
N Dolphin Sanctuaries Injured or ailing dolphins and those stressed out from performing in circuses and attractions are finding rest and retirement care at the Grassy Key Research Center, part of the Theatre of the Sea, Islamorada, and at holding pens which are being set up in the Keys. Many factors, both natural and resulting from human intrusion, contribute to the destruction of a coral reef. Some relief has been gained by the mooring buoy system, one of the most effective programs to reduce anchor damage and to provide boaters with a convenient means of securing their boats in the sanctuary.
Signature flamingos vanished. By the mid-1940s environmentalists’ concern led to significant changes. Today’s legislature and replenishment programs offer protection for sensitive areas of the ecosystem. In Florida Bay the US Fish and Wildlife Service regulates access to 26 areas of critical concern to wildlife, especially birds and threatened or endangered species. Most areas are small mangrove islands. Some are totally restricted; others allow boats to approach by paddle or push pole only. 28 Environments Long Key), are continually evaluated with update cycles that modify or eliminate areas as appropriate.