Nuclear plant a refuge for crocodiles

As Florida Power & Light began digging cooling canals at Turkey Point nuclear power plant in Homestead, crocodiles began swimming into the deep waters of the newly created refuge, generating their own electricity through rituals of courtship and mating.

Some three decades later, they've grown into a colony of about 400 teenage and adult crocodiles as part of what the National Wildlife Federation calls a ``crocodile Eden.''

Environmentalists and nuclear plants sometimes don't mix. But the National Wildlife Federation praises Turkey Point in its October/November magazine issue, crediting the heavily guarded nuclear plant for helping to save the once endangered reptiles.

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