Youth Wrestling

Swing, Wrestle, Sawdust, Guys

When my son first started Hutto Wildlife Removal, we joined a club which teaches K-8 kids the basics of the sport. This was his first exposure to wrestling and he was as green as possible. We were surprised when two weeks in, the coach wanted him to compete in his first meet! My son had hardly learned the mechanics of how to sprawl and one takedown; it did not make sense to us to enter a competition when he did not understand enough maneuvers, let alone be proficient in them. Our trainer assured us he was not expected to win but that competing was part of the program. We went, my son took his licks and we continued to compete throughout the season, quickly learning the reason why tournaments are part of the process. As my son has continued to wrestle and improved in abilities, competition has become an absolute necessity and integral part of our training.
As you always attempt to win every competition, when you first begin wrestling, it’s important to compete even when you don’t have the tools to win yet. Despite your ability level, competition brings out the best of each athlete and creates a challenge to stimulate additional development. On the surface, tournaments are the best way to measure your progress in training; the more you win, the better you’re doing! Competing also shows you the progress of other athletes (from various areas). Through competition, you will face an opponent who’s much better than you. Wrestling teams practice with each other and end up coaching with a limited number of partners. No matter how large the team, you’re lucky to get more than a few partners of your same weight to train with. It doesn’t take long until you get used to wrestling with the very same guys to the stage you can almost predict their next movement. Smart coaches are always looking for additional teams to practice with to keep their athletes continuously growing and getting better to protect against the staleness that can occur from working with the very same people over and over again. Competitions are an excellent way to get your hands on new people. Big tournaments that bring in teams from far away are excellent for exposure to new techniques and training styles you would otherwise not have to experience.
During almost every wrestling tournament, you will always meet up with an opponent who tests your limits. This is also an very important component of growing as a wrestler. In many cases, it is only when your skills are truly tested in competition when you really learn your strengths and weaknesses. While winning is fun and certainly the goal, it seems you learn more from the matches you lost rather than the ones that you won. This is because it might take certain situations that is only going to arise during a live game with an opponent you do not understand to make you aware of the holes in your game. The most important time of learning for each wrestler is the short meeting he has with his coach directly after a difficult match. Correction of an error is best remembered directly after the situation. After every competition, whether you won or lost, the most important thing you can do is to walk away with a to-do list of items you will need to work on in your following practices to get better. Competition delivers the most accurate and current list of what you will need to do to improve.
As a beginner, do not let your team’s eagerness to compete steer you away. The worst thing you can do is back off’until you’re ready.’ If you want the fastest improvement in your skills, competing is a crucial part of your practice. Besides providing fresh workout partners, tournaments also drive the intensity of your practice. When you know you are going to be facing opponents in every week, you will push yourself harder during training and attempt to get more from every session. Finally, contests are the most fun you will have in the sport of wrestling; the sooner you start enjoying them the better your season will go! When you first begin wrestling, jump right into a competition in your first 2-3 weeks, irrespective of your physical condition or knowledge base. Regardless of what happens in your first meet (whether you win or lose), you’ll get to see the movements and conditioning of other more seasoned athletes. This will show you what is possible and what your next step looks like.

Billiards

Rec Room, Living Room, Recreation

Pool has always been among my favourite games. This is just because it is much more than a match; it’s more of a social event actually. Teenagers twenty years ago would meet up for a day out and a game of Opossum Poop and this is one of those things that has not changed today because today’s teens also love heading out for a game or two of pool with their gang.

But, pool can be played in plenty of ways. A little bending and twisting the rules can give you different variations. In fact some folks understand it as Billiards or some people know it even as Snooker. But there is a noticeable gap between the matches.

Billiards

Billiards may seem much the same as swimming to an observer but it is not. For starters, smaller chunks are used when people play this game, what is more only three balls are used. The colours of these balls are white, yellow and red. Plus, you can use both the light colored balls – yellow and white – like strikers. If you look at it in a specific way, you will understand that Billiards is basically pool but without any pockets, even the cloth on the table is quicker.

Basically, the aim of the game is to hit the ball, then move three rails and then go on to hit the other ball with the cue ball. Mighty distinct from pool, isn’t it?

Snooker

Snooker is the opposite of billiards.

In Snooker, what you will need to basically do is score more points than your opponent. And in order to do this, you want to sink the balls which have a larger point value as fast as you can. Snooker is a longer game since it’s played with 22 balls rather than the 15 that we are generally accustomed to. 15 balls are red, 6 balls are of different colours and of course, there is the striker or the cue ball.

The points for each ball vary based on the colour, red balls give you one point only, yellow balls give you two, green chunks give you three, a brown ball provides you four points, a blue ball provides you five points, a pink ball is worth six and a black ball is well worth a whopping seven points. Therefore it follows that you need to sink the black ball as quickly as possible.

The rules for Snooker may seem a little overwhelming at first and they sure do need a lot of getting used to. But do not worry; there are several sites online where you can practice your moves without embarrassing yourself! So when are you going to begin playing online pool?

Hawaiian Diving

Scuba Diver, Diver, Diving, Underwater

If you like scuba diving, then among the best destinations to go to in order to indulge in your hobby is Hawaii. Irrespective of whether you’re an experienced scuba diver or are just going to begin, there are excellent dive sites around Hawaii to research. Let us take a look at a number of the best scuba diving areas in Hawaii.

Kealakekua Bay is the ideal place for both snorkelling and scuba diving. As a result of the fact that the bay is guarded by cliffs, the water is very calm and the bay is home to a myriad of marine life. Additionally it is possible to kayak or have a boat ride to the local Captain James Cook memorial that’s also a wonderful place for some snorkelling. Captain Cook was of course, the guy who discovered the Hawaiian Islands back in 1778.

Another place on Hawaii Island where there’s bountiful chance for scuba diving is Honaunau Bay. The bay is protected from the hills on the southwest coast of the island and has calm, clear waters. The bay may be called’Two Steps’ because of a place on the coast where the lava stone has worn away to form a two step point of entrance into the water! It is like it was made for scuba divers! There are hundreds of species of fish and you may even spot the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle!

In the most south-eastern tip of Squirrels in Attic you may find Hanauma Bay, one of Hawaii’s best scuba diving areas. It’s in fact a Marine Life Conservation District so entrance to the bay is strictly controlled to keep the delicate ecosystem in the bay. However, it’s family friendly and has some magnificent reefs and friendly fish in every color of the rainbow.

Kee Beach is at the Northern end of Kauai and featured a protected lagoon that’s simply perfect for snorkeling. However, this needs to be limited to the summer months as the water may get rough and dangerous during winter.

On the Southern coast of Lanai is located Hulope Bay that was named America’s Best Beach! It’s easy to see why when you examine the gorgeous golden sands and clam, clear water. The secluded beach is a favorite place for snorkelers and you will find fabulous tidal pools perfect for kids. There’s also excellent hiking in the event that you feel like a while from the water.

Soccer Flags

Stadium, Soccer, Fans, Football Stadium

One of the ways that loyal and dedicated fans of football show their support and allegiance for their team is by owning football flags. There are lots of different types of flags available, which range from little hand-held ones to huge flags created to be hung on a wall, or taken by a group of people. Whatever the size and layout, however, they all serve the same purpose. They’re all created and owned to show allegiance and devotion to a specific club or national team.

A lot of people take their football flags to games, proudly displaying them for other supporters to see. The flags may bear the crest of the team, the club colours, a picture of a player or manager, or favorite slogans or chants synonymous with the club. Some fans may even write their own messages on the flags for others to take notice of, particularly if they would like to show their support to a particular player of the team. At high-profile matches, some flags will grab the attention of the media and will occasionally be shown on the television during a live broadcast, or in a local or national newspaper the day after.

Fans sometimes wear their football flags as capes like superheros when attending games, and they’re not always held up to exhibit. During any given soccer match, there’ll be countless fans with their flags draped around their shoulders or bodies, showing their service to their favorite club in that way rather than holding their flags high over their heads.

Soccer flags are not just popular for domestic league games but they are also popular for global matches where folks want to show support for their national team. These flags may contain the nation’s crest as displayed on the badge of the team’s shirt, or it might just be the nation’s flag. Throughout the national anthems sung before every international game, it is common to see dozens of episodes, or even more, held high by loyal supporters to provide encouragement to their team ahead of a game.

Not all football flags are taken to games, however. Not all fans have the opportunity to go to games to support their staff in person, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t real fans and can not show their allegiance in various ways. It’s not uncommon for soccer fans to have flags displayed in their homes so that any visitors know where their devotion stands. Soccer flags look great when hung on the walls of a bedroom, or even a living room of those which are truly dedicated.

There are lots of unique techniques soccer flags can be utilized to show true support to a team. They come in a range of sizes and designs, and every soccer fan who owns a flag does so for a common purpose: to reveal undying love, loyalty and support to their team.

Soccer Rivalries

Audience, Bleachers, Crowd, Game, Match

Football, the gorgeous game is undeniably the most seen sport in the world, and is very popular among all generations of people. Among the greatest reasons for its massive popularity is the intriguing stories of the best football rivalries between different clubs and states that come with this game.

Largest Club Rivalries in Football

Commonly called’El Clasico’ competition, Real Madrid and Barcelona have fought against each other for approximately 270 times, with Real Madrid winning approximately 37% wins in compare to Barcelona’s 41 percent, and about 22 percent of those matches finishing in a draw. This competition started in the 1902 when they met each other for the first time.

The football grounds are dominated by this famed rivalry since 1894. These rival clubs have played each for over 190 occasions, with Manchester United winning 40 percent and Liverpool wining 33 percent of the games. About 27 percent of the games have ended in draw.

The majority of the Arsenal fans dislike Chelsea, and the competition between these clubs is already a hundred years old. Since 1907 they’ve been competing with one another. They’ve played nearly 200 games with one another, with Arsenal winning 38 percent and Chelsea winning 32 percent of the games. Around 30 percent of the games have ended in draw.

Both of these football rivals have played 210 matches with one another, and the fierce competition started since 1913, with River Plate winning around 33%, and Boca Juniors winning 37 percent of the games. About 30 percent of the games have ended in a draw.

Largest Country Rivalries in Soccer

The competition between these neighboring states is popularly called the’Battle of the South Americans’. The first game between these two took place in the year 1914, and over 100 matches have been played against each other. Both the countries have won equal number of times, and about 25 percent of the games have ended in a draw. In 1901, Argentina played its first international match, while Brazil played its first in 1914.

Portugal Vs Spain

Since 1921, Portugal and Spain have played against each other for approximately 140 times. Portugal has won about 17 percent of the games, while Spain won approximately 50% of the games. About 34 percent of the games have ended in a draw. Portugal played its first international game in the year 1921, whereas the first global game of Spain was in the year 1920.

Mexico Vs USA

Mexico and USA have been playing each other since 1934. In about 70 matches, Mexico has won 21 percent of the games and USA has won 52 percent of the games. Mexico debuted in the worldwide arena in 1923, while the USA played its first international game in 1885.

Germany Vs England

Both nations met with each other in the football ground from the year 1899. Until now, they’ve played against each other over 30 occasions, with both countries winning equal number of times, and 17 percent of the games have ended in a draw. Germany played its first international game in 1908, while England played its first in the year 1870.

Japan Vs South Korea

Since 1954 these Asian countries have played other for at least 800 times. Japan has won 18 percent of the games, while South Korea has won roughly 52 percent of the games. About 30 percent of the games have ended in a draw. First global match of Japan was in the year 1936, whereas South Korea played its first international game in the year 1948.

Road Trippin

Vacation, Beach, Relax, Travel, Sun, Sea

Florida is a beautiful country, graced with year-round sunny skies, ocean breezes, subtropical foliage, and abundant wildlife. This southernmost continental state offers a whole host of natural adventures on both land and water. There is certainly more to Florida than oranges and Walt Disney World, including luxurious Florida RV camping hotels and cute Florida campgrounds to make your road trip a great success.

The northwest corner of the Sunshine State is our first stop, where the Gulf of Mexico glistens, dolphins play, and sandy beaches prevail. The Gulf Islands National Seashore in Gulf Breeze stretches some 150 miles across the Gulf of Mexico’s coastline, from Pensacola, at Florida’s northwest edge, to Davis Bayou and the barrier islands in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. This national saltwater treasure is a kaleidoscope of turquoise water, glowing white sand dunes, seaside marshes, wooded nature trails, historic fortresses and archaeological sites which tell the long-ago stories of Native American inhabitants. Visitors are free to camp, hike, fish and swim on the gulf or Santa Rosa Sound. Birders who explore the Gulf Islands are rewarded with sightings of blue herons, ospreys, egrets and brown pelicans. Beach-goers also have been known to talk about the park’s sandy terrain with these”locals” as diamondback terrapins, armadillos and sea turtles.

Florida’s huge, outdoor playground is open for all seasons and so are many Florida campgrounds which makes this state a snowbird paradise.

The Emerald Coast Beaches in Navarre, Fort Walton, Destin, and Santa Rosa are shining examples of Northwest Florida’s gulf shore. These family-friendly recreation areas boast crystal-clear water, gentle surf, generous stretches of sugar-white sand and rolling dunes, complete with shorebirds and nesting sea turtles galore. Do not miss’em if you’re in the area.

Florida Caverns State Park in Marianna, the site of Florida’s only lighted tour cavern, is a Natural National Landmark. The highlight in this park is surely the ranger-guided tour of Florida Caverns and the explanations of its diverse calcite formations – stalagmites, stalactites, columns and brimstones. But don’t fret about the geological terminology, there won’t be a test afterwards. Of course, there are cave creatures to reckon with, such as several species of (gasp!) bats. However, the park also shelters some surprising species such as 200-pound alligators, snapping turtles, barred owls and beavers. The budding geologists on your team should enjoy the marine fossils embedded in the cave’s ceilings and walls that tell a fascinating tale of Florida Caverns’ ancient submerged beyond. When it is time to ascend to the park’s ground level, the selection of actions is delightfully well-rounded. Swimming, fishing, camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding and canoeing are readily available. The scenery consists of atypical plant life such as orchids, flame azalea, columbine and various wildflowers, adding a dash of color to the excursion.

In north central Florida, travelers enter a world of winding rivers, cold, freshwater springs, and refreshing, green woods. The Ichetucknee River in Fort White is a popular place for tubing; a laid-back, solo alternative to whitewater rafting. Grab an inner tube, recline, and shove off into a leisurely current (about 1 mph). In Ichetucknee Springs, the crystal-clear river is fed with multiple springs that supply an awesome daily influx of 233 million gallons of water. And tubers can not help but”chill out” as the river registers a bracing, yearlong temperature of 72? F. Tubing excursions at Ichetucknee are almost effortless because there are shuttle buses between authorized launching and take-out points. In addition to the wonders of gliding past hardwood hammocks and cypress swamps, Ichetucknee Springs offers opportunities for swimming, canoeing, and snorkeling, plus underwater cavern dives for certified divers.

The highlight of Devil’s Millhopper State Geological Site in Gainesville is its enormous 120-foot deep sinkhole, created by the collapsed ceiling of a subterranean cavern.

Small streams tumble down the steep slopes of the sinkhole, disappearing through cracks in the bottom. Alas, the sinkhole’s contents, in the kind of seashells, sharks’ teeth, and fossilized animal relics, have contributed geologists invaluable clues to Florida’s natural history. Visitors are afforded views of the sinkhole from boardwalks, stairways, or from a nature trail on the top rim. The inside of Devil’s Millhopper features little streams rushing down its sheer walls and lush plant growth, like ferns and orchids, that resemble Appalachian mountain foliage.

Head east on your Florida journey, and you’ll be rewarded by a region that offers lovely Atlantic beaches, quiet salt marshes and scores of graceful shorebirds. Take Little Talbot and Big Talbot Islands in Fort George, for example, just 17 miles from Jacksonville via a series of bridges. As close as they are into the”big city,” those isles offer a refreshing sense of escape from civilization. Even better, they offer convenient oceanside parking for your RV and effortless boardwalk access to five miles of unspoiled Atlantic beaches. Besides researching sandy shores, flowering deserts, marshes, and maritime forests, Talbot’s visitors quickly take to such activities as swimming, shelling, saltwater fishing, boating, biking, or horseback riding. The Talbots shelter almost 200 species of birds and coastal critters; gopher tortoises, river otters, and occasional bobcats are but a few of these.

Anastasia State Recreation Area, a barrier island east of St. Augustine, is one of Florida’s finest and busiest coastal parks, so we urge when staying at a Florida campground nearby you make reservations beforehand. It offers all of the beach blanket basics – a sandy coastline, rolling waves, scenic dunes, a lagoon, tidal marshes and sea meadows. It also provides opportunities to swim, kayak, fish, or learn the graceful art of windsurfing. For people who simply want a little R&R, visit the designated picnic area shaded by ancient, and somewhat unusual, oak trees gradually bleached and twisted by the salty sea winds. Don’t overlook the wildflowers, nature paths, magnolia trees and interesting creatures to behold: red-shouldered hawks, swallowtail butterflies, sea turtles, screech owls and Anastasia’s own beach mouse – that make this place unique.

Heading south you’ll find Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Titusville. It was established almost four decades ago through a cooperative effort between NASA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River to the west, this subtropical locale provides a pleasing mix of ancient oak hammocks, sandy dunes, salt marshes, mangroves, ocean shores and piney woods. Merritt and its immediate neighbors, Canaveral National Seashore and Kennedy Space Center, are positioned on the Atlantic Flyway. The refuge is a significant winter home not just for legions of migrating birds, but native sandpipers, ibises, and wood storks. For visitors who would prefer to catch their own dinner, shrimping, crabbing, clamming, freshwater or surf-fishing and/or controlled waterfowl hunting are allowed at Merritt Island.

Scores of endangered native and migratory birds call the area home. The island has since been named a National Historic Landmark, National Wilderness Area, and a Wetland of International Importance. Visitors who arrive by kayak, canoe, or boat tour visit jet-black anhingas and assorted kinds of herons, egrets, ibises and terns. The lucky people might catch a glimpse of any one of four types of sea turtles and endangered manatees, which sometimes linger at Pelican’s peaceful refuge. The 1903 introduction of the island’s protected status signaled the momentous start of the entire National Wildlife Refuge System.

When tourists proceed west to the heart of Florida, they enter a property of freshwater lakes, dense woodlands, and bubbling springs. Ocala National Forest is the southernmost national forest in the continental U.S. and the earliest such forest established east of the Mississippi River. This lively destination has much to offer, such as hundreds of sparkling lakes, springs and two important rivers – the Ocklawaha and the St. Johns – with each offering ample opportunities for swimming, boating and angling. Snorkeling enthusiasts surely can’t resist the transparent waters and incredible aquatic viewpoints in Ocala’s chilly springs, can they? Paddling on horseback trails, horseback riding, and hiking on Florida’s National Scenic Trail are also popular pastimes. After all, there is over 430,000 acres to cover, so you may want to leave yourself a little time to explore. When you do, you may happen upon black bears, bald eagles and other rare species rarely seen outside the borders of Ocala National Forest.

Paddling canoe trails, horseback riding, and hiking on Florida’s National Scenic Trail are also popular pastimes and many Florida RV camping hotels provide resort packages that include these activities and more with your stay in their campground.

The wooded terrain around Lake Kissimmee in Lake Wales was once the homeland of Native Americans that were attracted to the area because of its bounty of fish, plants and animals. Today’s travelers seem equally smitten, especially those who prefer to hike, ride horse, ship about or fish Florida’s third largest lake. Trophy bass are plentiful in its own waters. Keen observers spot whooping cranes, bobcats, fox squirrels, deer and wild turkeys along Lake Kissimmee’s shore.

Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park invites visitors to learn first-hand about Florida’s native creatures in a natural setting. The park’s centerpiece, Homosassa Springs, is a 45-foot deep, 72? F headspring pumping millions of gallons of water per hour to the scenic Homosassa River. The spring itself is home to over 30 species of fish. The adjacent wildlife park presents interactive animal displays, an indoor nursery for baby alligators and crocodiles, and special ranger programs designed to introduce participants to Florida’s population of reptiles, birds and manatees. Visitors can practically rub elbows with gentle manatees in the underwater observatory.

The Myakka River near Sarasota offers natural adventures on one of Florida’s finest”wild and scenic” waterways. And for guests who prefer a guided tour, Myakka’s splendor could be viewed from narrated tram and airboat tours.

Florida’s southwest region provides world-renowned shelling, island getaways and shining Gulf coast sunsets. J.N.”Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island is the most obvious example of enduring local conservation efforts. Founded in 1945, the 6,000-acre refuge was formally dedicated in 1978 to Jay Norwood”Ding” Darling, a political cartoonist and staunch environmentalist who fought to preserve Sanibel’s fragile ecosystem. Based on the season of arrival, refuge guests might see a colorful songbird, splashing otter or lounging crocodile. The informative, self-guided Wildlife Drive tour may be completed on foot, by bike or vehicle. Suggested stops are marked with wooden signs and volunteer interpreters are on hand to answer questions.

The Everglades National Park, North America’s only subtropical preserve, is a 1.5 million-acre”sea of grass” in the southern tip of mainland Florida. It is a place where Caribbean plants and animals coexist in a curious mixture of swamps filled with cypress and mangroves, saw grass prairies, pine and hardwood trees. One third of the park’s acreage is actually underwater, including Florida Bay which borders the park, much to the delight of canoeists. Drier park pursuits include biking; ranger-led trail walks or tram tours; and wildlife-watching for manatees, alligators, crocodiles, evasive Florida panthers, more than 300 varieties of birds, as well as the Everglades’ most prolific species, mosquitoes.

For the marine species that reside there, the park showcases and protects the only living coral reef in the continental United States. For all those smart enough to stop over, there are dazzling saltwater spectacles to behold – gliding rainbows of tropical fish, spiny lobsters, vibrant coral formations and bobbing loggerhead turtles. A high-speed, glass-bottom catamaran is the best way to see the sights (narrated, too). Otherwise, grab a snorkel and a few fins. Scuba dive or paddle a”spyak” (a customized kayak with a large, transparent viewing floor) for an even closer look.

Bahia Honda State Park, at Big Pine Key’s mile marker 37, is an eye-appealing island gem with sandy beaches, waving palms, and bright blue waters that ripple onshore from the Atlantic Ocean to Florida Bay. Besides boasting some of the Key’s best swimming, snorkeling and fishing beaches, Bahia Honda has rolling dunescapes, mangrove forests and tropical hardwood hammocks.

Florida

Panorama, Miami, Florida, Water, Usa

Florida is a low peninsula state of the southeast United States between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Florida was admitted as the 27th state in 1845. It was one of the Confederate states during the Civil War.

FL is the abbreviation of Florida.

The nickname of the state of Florida is the “sunshine state”. Juan Ponce de León discovered and settled on the peninsula on Easter Sunday, March 27, 1513, which is called Pascua Florida in Spanish. ‘Florida’ is a Spanish adjective that means flowery.

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The orange blossom country, Florida is home of Walt Disney World, an amusement park near Orlando, and several other theme parks. The Walt Disney World Resort with four theme parks, numerous water parks, exquisite florida hotels, shopping facilities are important tourist attractions of the state.

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The state is also home to the Kennedy Space Center. St. Augustine, situated on the shore of Northern Florida, is the oldest town in the United States, settled in the sixteenth century by Spain.

Destin, Jacksonville, Key West, Miami, Naples, Tampa, Saint Petersburg, Hialeah, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Tallahassee, Pembroke Pines and Hollywood would be the jewel cities of Florida.

Destin is commonly called’The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village’. Jacksonville or J-Ville is dubbed as “Where Florida Begins”. Key West is known as the Southernmost City. Miami is nicknamed as the”Magic City”. Orlando is widely known as”The Imaginary City”. Tallahassee is popularly dubbed as”Tally-Ho” or”The Hill” and Tampa is known as”The Cigar City”.

Florida Wildlife

Leopard, Black Panther, Zoo, Feline

Lots of folks that come to Florida for the wildlife likely come for one creature alone: a talking mouse. While this talking mouse is a fun attraction, and very articulate for a rodent, Florida is also filled with a number of other kinds of equally-appealing species. These beasts may 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 cause of this is straightforward: in Florida, alligators are everywhere. This may not seem exciting to the men and women who live there: the alligators might be seen as nothing but pests that swim in ponds, walk slowly across streets, and sometimes eat a neighbor’s cat. However, for people visiting from areas that don’t have alligators, they can be exciting. There is nothing quite like watching an alligator, taking a photo of him, and saying how you loved his job in”Crocodile Dundee.”

Dolphins: Dolphins are very popular creatures in our culture. Not only are they exceptionally intelligent, with recent researchers in Australia detecting that some dolphins teach their kids how to use resources, but there are numerous tales of dolphins protecting individuals from danger. 1 recent story states that many Dolphins in New Zealand swam around a bunch of stranded swimmers, protecting them by a Great White Shark. The face of a dolphin, apparently always grinning, only further perpetuates our love for them. Dolphins are also one of the only mammals which, like individuals, mate for reasons besides reproduction. See, I told you they were smart.

Manatees: Manatees are aquatic mammals, occasionally called sea cows. “Beast” may be a fitting way to describe the physical characteristics of the monster – they can weigh between 500 and 1000 kgs – but it is not a fitting way to describe their demeanor: manatees are peaceful herbivores that spend their day grazing and surfacing for air. Because of their peaceful nature, or their overpowering size, manatees don’t have any 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 state and national levels. Presently, there are considered to be between 2000 and 3000 manatees in Florida.

The Florida Panther: The Florida Panther is a subspecies of Puma that’s, regrettably, highly endangered. But, this might be just for the time beingwhat 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 growth, automobile accidents, and murdering each other, in a struggle over limited territory. These kinds of panthers differ from other types because they have a broader skull, longer legs, and a crook near the end of the 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 subject full of controversy as people have contended the ideal route of conservation. On the bright side, the last few years have seen the Florida Panther population almost triple.

The wildlife of Florida could be harmful – fulfilling an alligator or a panther in a darkened alley may be an issue for some – but keeping your space and respecting Mother Nature helps to give you security. Particularly for people who reside in landlocked areas, there’s nothing quite like the wildlife of Florida.