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Florida Fish Spinning in Circles

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On a night dive last November, Florida diver Gregg Furstenwerth shone his flashlight on a pinfish in a seagrass meadow in the Florida Keys. The fish was spinning and whirling in upside-down circles. He'd never seen such behavior, so he video'd the fish.

Then he began to hear similar reports of spinning fish from friends and other divers, so Furstenwerth documented more sightings, and knowledge of the issue spread.

National Geographic reports that at first, the sightings of spinning fish mainly occurred along a 35-mile stretch of water in the lower Keys. Then, according to the conservation group Bonefish and Tarpon Trust, three reports surfaced in Miami and most recently, one case occurred in the upper Keys....

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