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Florida Keys prepare for sea level rise

Hurricane storm surge can inundate the narrow, low-lying Florida Keys, but that is far from the only water worry for officials. Full story

Therapy dolphin receives life-saving surgery

  Sarah the dolphin, who lives at Island Dolphin Care in the Florida Keys where she is paired with handicapped children for therapy, was having trouble breathing when veterinarians and doctors performed a life-saving surgery usually used on humans. NBC’s Kerry Sanders reports.

No trace left of three types of butterflies native to south Florida

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - After six years of searching, an entomologist has concluded that three varieties of butterflies native to south Florida have become extinct, nearly doubling the number of North American butterflies known to be gone. Full story

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  Florida Keys mark Independence Day

A drag race was part of a festival commemorating the Florida Key's 1982 secession from the U.S. TODAY.com's Dara Brown reports.

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Zirkelbach and Moretti, of the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital check on OD, a green sea turtle, before it is loaded on a FedEx aircraft in Fort Lauderdale
Zirkelbach and Moretti, of the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital check on OD, a green sea turtle, before it is loaded on a FedEx aircraft in Fort Lauderdale

Bette Zirkelbach and Richie Moretti, of the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital, check on OD, a 320-pound green sea turtle, before it is loaded on a FedEx aircraft in Fort Lauderdale, Florida July 25, 2013 in this handout photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau. Due to an irreparable collapse

Richie Moretti examines "Charley," the loggerhead sea turtle, before releasing it about 25 miles off the Florida Keys
Richie Moretti examines "Charley," the loggerhead sea turtle, before releasing it about 25 miles off the Florida Keys

Richie Moretti, founder of the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Florida, examines "Charley," the loggerhead sea turtle, before releasing it about 25 miles off the Florida Keys, May 24, 2013. The juvenile reptile was rescued May 7, 2013, after a fisherman found it floating off the Keys. It was treated f

Richie Moretti returns "Charley" the loggerhead sea turtle to the ocean about 25 miles off the Florida Keys
Richie Moretti returns "Charley" the loggerhead sea turtle to the ocean about 25 miles off the Florida Keys

Richie Moretti, founder of the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Florida, returns "Charley" the loggerhead sea turtle to the ocean about 25 miles off the Florida Keys, May 24, 2013. The juvenile reptile was rescued May 7, 2013, after a fisherman found it floating off the Keys. It was treated for an impa

Bette Zirkelbach examines Charley, a tagged juvenile loggerhead sea turtle, at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital in Marathon
Bette Zirkelbach examines Charley, a tagged juvenile loggerhead sea turtle, at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital in Marathon

Bette Zirkelbach examines Charley, a tagged juvenile loggerhead sea turtle, at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Florida May 10, 2013. Charley was released in June 8, 2012, off Santa Marta, Colombia, and rescued on May 7, 2013, 22 miles off the Florida Keys. A fisherman found the