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Some panthers are simply shot for sport or greed. Even though they rarely attack cattle, humans or pets, many people fear them and would shoot them on sight. 20 n Flora & Fauna Although rare, the Schaus swallowtail butterfly can be found in the Upper Keys. MOSQUITO REPELLENT The most effective mosquito and no-see-um repellents contain DEET (diethylmetaoluamide) as the main active ingredient. Check the label before you buy to make sure you get one with plenty of oomph. The strongest brands contain as much as 90% DEET.
Most run their own dive trips or will refer you to a charter. In addition, many hotels have their own dive shops and offer reef trips as well. ” Discerning divers will pay a couple of dollars more and look for a “six pack,” a boat taking no more than six divers at a time. With fewer divers in the water at the same spot, the undersea denizens seem friendlier. Training at all levels is widely available. Most operators rent all equipment you need for scuba or snorkeling, but some are more knowledgeable, professional and friendlier than others.
If you happen to see sea turtles on the beach, keep your distance. The best place to find sea turtles is in and around the Keys named for them: the Dry Tortugas. At the right time of year, it is possible to see hundreds of these marine animals as you travel by boat or plane from Key West to Fort Jefferson. WILDLIFE ALERT: You could cause sea turtles to abandon their egg-laying activities if you get too close to their nesting area. Introduction n Manatees 26 n The Florida Keys & the Everglades Today n Whales Although the stranding and death of numerous pilot whales near Big Pine Key recently made the international news, whales are rarely spotted in the Keys.