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  1. A Florida scientist holds up a live giant African land snail in a lab in 2014.
  2. An oriental fruit fly rests on a leaf at a park in the Philippines in May 2021.
  3. Two scuba divers were found dead at Buford Spring in the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area Wednesday. The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday that neither diver showed any obvious signs of trauma, and both had appropriate diving gear.
  4. Palmetto leaves create the signature split on the top of baking loaves at La Segunda Central Bakery in Ybor City.
  5. Biologists Ian Easterling, left, and Ian Bartoszek haul a 14-foot female Burmese python captured in a mangrove habitat of southwestern Florida in March while tracking a male scout snake.
  6. Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area has over 20,000 acres of a wide variety of ecosystems including natural springs. Eagle Nest Sink and Buford Spring is popular with divers. [2018]
  7. A net full of channel catfish is shown before being released into a lake at Tropical Park, Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in Miami. About 3,000 catfish were being stocked for the "Vamos a Pescar Miami!" (Let's go Fishing Miami!) catch-and-release event being held at the park on April 18. The event will promote awareness and participation of fishing in the Hispanic community. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  8. Erik Castillo, of North Andover, Massachusetts, traverses an area of rocks at Oasis Beach at Honeymoon Island State Park on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, the site of a $2 million beach renourishment project.
  9. Sand piles up along the John’s Pass boardwalk as seen on Thursday, June 16, 2022. This year's state budget included $1.5 million to dredge away the accumulation, which has hurt waterfront businesses and made the pass unsafe.
  10. A man was playing with his dog at a Florida park when it was attacked by an alligator, dragged into the water. This is a photo of a gator taken earlier this year in Palm Harbor.
  11. A Burmese python is seen during a 2013 news conference and registration event for the start of that year's Python Challenge in Davie.
  12. Florida Power & Light plans to eliminate carbon emissions from its electricity generation by 2045 through expanding solar energy and other technology, company officials announced Tuesday.
  13. Zach Ward wipes sweat off his brow with his shirt while installing a fence on Tuesday in downtown South Bend, Ind. Ward said he needs to drink at least a gallon of water throughout the day and is still thirsty on when he gets home on a hot day.
  14. Researchers, community members and Childs Park Neighborhood Association representatives gathered at The Gospel Ministries to observe the installation of a PurpleAir air pollution monitor on Thursday.
  15. Sean McGuinness, 47, retrieves discs lost in Taylor Lake from the nearby disc golf course in mid-March. He was found dead in the alligator-infested lake on May 31.
  16. An artist rendering shows the entrance of the Majeed Discovery Garden, a children’s learning and play area set to open in March 2023 at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo.
  17. In the early morning hours in June, the planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will align in planetary order, according to the American Astronomical Society.
  18. Heavy construction equipment sits off Patterson Road in Keystone after Hillsborough County issued a stop-work order for site development at a planned 194-home project from Taylor Morrison. The county later issued a development order on May 5, and 20 Keystone residents are now suing to stop the development.
  19. An aerial view of the Howco Environmental Services plant, on 8th Ave S between 43rd Street S and 44th Street S, with homes in the Childs Park neighborhood pictured in the background on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022 in St. Petersburg. Pollution is so bad in the Childs Park neighborhood that Fairmount Park Elementary had to rush kids inside during recess a year or so ago. The NAACP is teaming up with the Childs Park Neighborhood Association and the Sierra Club to launch a "Smell something, say something" campaign for this years-long problem.
  20. Construction crews elevate a portion of Interstate 4 in Polk County to create a wildlife crossing so animals can safely cross beneath the interstate. The project redesigned I-4 where it meets State Road 557 in Polk County. The highway carries more than 100,000 vehicles a day and acts as a deadly barrier that stops animals from traveling north or south.
  21. Farmland is seen with solar panels from Cypress Creek Renewables, Oct. 28, 2021, in Thurmont, Md.  President Joe Biden ordered emergency measures Monday to increase U.S. manufacturing of solar panels and declared a two-year tariff exemption on panels from Southeast Asia as he attempted to jumpstart an industry key to his climate change-fighting goals.
  22. Members of the nonprofit West Klosterman Preservation Group visited the 14-acre parcel they are trying to save from development on Aug. 12, 2020. From left, they are Brad Husserl, of Tarpon Springs, Don Richter, of Palm Harbor, Kay Carter, of Tarpon Springs, and her husband, Tex Carter. The land is located on W Klosterman Road in Tarpon Springs.
  23. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference Feb. 7 in Miami.
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