Cabinet of Curiosities

Big Claw River Shrimp

Big Claw River Shrimp. This is the largest freshwater river shrimp species found in Florida whose body can reach 12’ - not including the claws. They are very aggressive towards one another, so much so, that local efforts at farming them failed because they kept killing each other. These now

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Juliette Printing Plate

Printing plate, Juliette, Florida. In the days before laser printers, newspapers were printed using plates and presses. Text would be formed into a metal plate (much like a stamp) which was then inked and printed onto paper. Plates were made by a machine where molten lead was formed into sections

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Rhesus Monkey Skull

Rhesus monkey skull, Silver River. In 1938 Colonel Tooey, who ran the jungle cruise boats at Silver Springs, released a group of rhesus macaque monkeys onto an island to liven things up for his customers. Tooey didn’t realize that the macaques could swim and since then, monkeys have lived along

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Scenic Photo Sub No.3

Postcard of “Scenic Photo Sub No. 3” at Silver Springs. In the years before SCUBA gear was available, visitors could ride in “photo sub” boats to view or photograph the underwater beauty of the springs and river. In 1944, Private First Class John Ott based at the Army Air Forces

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