The collision between Marie Selby Botanical Garden scientists and the smugglers of Phragmipedium Kovachii, a rare ladyslipper orchid hailed as the most significant and beautiful new species
discovered in a century, led to search warrants, a grand jury investigation,
and criminal charges.
The Florida Reef is known for its brilliant corals as much as it is for sunken pirate treasure. From Carysfort Reef to Indian Key to Dry Tortugas National Park, the Florida Keys provide many excellent and diverse snorkeling opportunities. Snorkeling the Florida Keys dives into more than forty sites, including reefs, wrecks, and beaches.