Monday 12 August 2019

Crocodiles Are Breeding Near a Nuclear Power Plant (No, They're Not Radioactive)

Hundreds of crocodiles make their home in a network of canals in southern Florida. These channels also happen to carry water that cools a nearby nuclear power plant.

But don't worry — these crocodiles aren't mutants, monstrous or radioactive. In fact, the reptiles are thriving in these waters. American crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus) were formerly edging toward extinction, but their numbers have multiplied enough to elevate their federal status from "endangered" to "threatened" in 2007.

And scientists want to keep it that way. A team of experts with the Florida Power & Light (FPL) recently collected 73 crocodile hatchlings from canals near the FPL Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station, located near Biscayne National Park. Biologists will implant the baby crocs with microchips, to help researchers continue monitoring the health of the croc colony, the Associated Press (AP) reported.

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