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Marlins are often mistaken for swordfish and, even though both species are billfish, there are several differences in their appearance. Both have long spear-like bills, but marlins have more elongated bodies and smaller pectoral fins than swordfish. In addition, there is a long, rigid fin located on its back which forms a crest near the fish’s crown. Its name is believed to have originated from the resemblance it bears to a sailor’s… Read More

It all started in early 1982. With raised concerns over drug smuggling in the Florida Keys, the United States Border Patrol set up a blockade and checkpoint on Highway 1 at Florida City. The agents began stopping and checking cars, searching glove boxes, the spaces under seats and trunks. The only real result was the 17 mile traffic jam on the only road into the Keys. At the same time, the media… Read More

From sea to shining sea. That’s how America is described by some, and nothing says shining seas like the Florida Keys—sometimes called the “Conch Republic”—sometimes described as heaven. Many have discovered the Florida Keys, and few want to leave it. The Keys were originally inhabited by Tequesta Native American Indians. Later they were found by Juan Ponce de Leon in the early 1500s. De Leon had his own name for this paradise—he… Read More