Wild About Florida: North Florida
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Come explore caves, hills, whitewater falls and lots of other fun things you didn’t expect to find in Florida. North Florida still lets you enjoy the sun and sand of Gulf and ocean beaches, you expect in the Sunshine State but there is so much more. The northern counties are totally different from their southern and central counterparts.
Wild About Florida: North Florida is the ultimate guide to eco-travel in Florida. Hike an aboveground cave at Florida Caverns State Park. Think you need to travel to the mountains for whitewater fun? You can find that right here in Florida at Big Shoals State Park offering the largest whitewater rapids in Florida.
Looking for rare and exotic wildlife? How about the Sherman fox squirrels at Gold Head Branch State Park or the white squirrels atOchlockonee River State Park? Into reptiles? You can view white alligators at Saint Augustine Alligator Farm. And that just scratches the surface.
This book will tell you when and where to find all the outdoor fun you can imagine in north Florida. Like its south Florida counterpart, it is a guide no outdoors person should be without. We also have some great black and white illustrations inside to help visualize the wild wonders of north Florida.
Flagler County was created in 1917 and named for Henry Morrison Flagler, who built the railroads and developed much of Florida. The county has oceanfront beaches, inland lakes and rivers. In spite of being one of the state’s fastest growing counties, it has maintained a lot of attractions and natural resources to appeal to eco-tourists.
Marineland is a truly unique place. It is possibly the only city in the country where the dolphins outnumber the people. It has a human population of eight and a dolphin population of 14. Then there is at least one well-fed black-and-white cat. It is officially in Flagler County, but at least a small part of the land is in Saint Johns County. We visited there and spent a day watching dolphins and people play together. It is a toss up as to who had the most fun. Since people are always drawn toward the rare and unusual in nature, when I had chance to see a one of a kind dolphin, I was thrilled. I was talking with one of the volunteers, Joan, when she mentioned Lilly Champagne, Marineland’s blond dolphin. When she offered to let us in the back area to see her, she didn’t have to ask twice.
Lilly shares a pool with Nellie, a celebrity in her own right. Lilly is a beautiful buff color. According to Marineland, she is the world’s only living blond dolphin.
I found information about some light gray dolphins but no other blond dolphin data. As for other light-colored dolphins, Carolina Snowball was a popular albino bottlenose dolphin who lived at the Miami Seaquarium in the early 1960s. In the entire world, there have only been 14 recorded sightings of albino bottlenose dolphins. The first recorded sighting was in 1962.
Florida is filled throughout with a diverse natural beauty. "Wild About Florida: South Florida" takes as its particular focus the southern tip of the peninsula and the home of the Florida Everglades. Authors Kathleen and Martin Walls have written a thoroughly 'user friendly' guide that includes the gorgeous waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the vast in variety and beautiful plant life of the whole region, and so much more. Acting as an effective and informative travel guide which is enhanced with full color photos, "Wild About Florida: South Florida" is a must for any nature lover planning a visit to the region in the future.
Reviewed by Midwest Book Reviews