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Some Things Fishy

Underwater life

As manatees can't survive in water below 60 degrees, they migrate to Kings Bay and the adjacent rivers every winter, which are an average 72 degrees all year round. So from November through March, you can head to Crystal River, 70 miles north of Tampa, the epicenter of manatee-watching, and go frolicking with these giant but affectionate creatures.

The Red Gurnard (Chelidonichthys spinosus)is one of 100 different species of Sea Robins, or Gurnards. These fantastic fish are normally found on the sea floor at depths of around 660 ft. They have a special set of 'wings,' which are actually just beautiful pectoral fins, that allow them to "fly" through the water. They also possess six spiny feet that allow them to walk across the ocean floor in search of food.

Many fish can change sex during the course of their lives. Others, especially rare deep-sea fish, have both male and female sex organs.

First Contact: There’s nothing like the awe of a child encountering a new life form, but in this fantastic shot by Christopher Wright of CMGW Photography