Episode 404: Coastal Carnivores

On the southern tip of the Florida Everglades, the Shark River meets the Gulf of Mexico. This estuary is home to a number of predators, including the alligator and the bull shark. But despite its wild nature, the Everglades ecosystem is in trouble. Humans have greatly reduced water flows across the famed “River of Grass.” Now, a large scale restoration project aims to re-direct some of the fresh water back into the Everglades. A team of scientists from Florida International University has been studying predators in the estuary. Their goal is to better understand how these animals will respond to the changes in water flows, to ensure they continue to fulfill their critical ecological role in the food web.

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Image Credits

Changing Seas would like to thank the following individuals and institutions who kindly allowed their footage, images and other media to be used in this production:

Patrick Greene
Symbio Studios

Mike Heithaus, Ph.D.
Florida International University

Heithaus Lab

Kevin Gastrich

Kirk Gastrich

Phil Stoddard

Robert Hegna

Special Thanks:

Everglades National Park

Florida International University

National Science Foundation



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