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A new study by scientists at James Cook University in Queensland, Australia has found that the Red Lionfish, also known as the “ghost fishes of the coral reefs”, continue to invade the Caribbean in record numbers. The spiny, toxic and beautiful member of the world’s coral reef communities is invisible to the small fish it likes to eat, the study finds.

UTAH - United States scientists recently discovered 33 new species of what they describe as “monstrous-looking predatory” ants in the Caribbean and Central America. The University of Utah biologist, who identified the insects, named about a third of them after ancient Mayan lords and demons. According to entomologist Jack Longino, the new ant species are “the stuff of nightmares when viewed under a microscope.

The recent anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, which fell in the vicinity of a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), inspired some thoughtful discussion about coastal concerns, the future and what we all should be doing about them. Unfortunately, it also inspired a few issuances from the usual suspects who use any excuse to beat the drum for their favorite (and deeply flawed) answers to every coastal problem… even some we didn’t know existed.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Tides and Currents data predicts that the South East Florida Region will experience unusually high tides again this fall. Tides are predicted to be at their highest on November 3rd through November 6th, November 15th, and December 3rd through December 6th.  These high tide events are expected to be 7’’ to 10” above the average high tides for 2013 during these dates (see chart below). Tidal fluctuations are a natural occurrence and typically go unnoticed. However extreme tide events such as these can potentially impact drainage systems and may cause flooding in low lying areas.