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In this Nov. 28, 2011 photo, wildlife biologists gather waiting for nightfall at a dock on a cooling canal adjacent to the Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant during a nighttime crocodile survey in Homestead, Fla. The crocodile monitoring program began in 1978, a year after employees stumbled upon a crocodile nest in the plant’s cooling canal system. The initial goal was to ensure that the plant did no harm to the species but over the last three decades it has helped raise the number of crocodiles to more than 1,500 today. It is now classified as threatened, a small step toward the specie’s survival. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Crocodiles thrive near nuclear plant

The American crocodile has made it off the endangered species list thanks in part to 168 miles of manmade cooling canals surrounding Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant in the southeastern corner of the Florida peninsula. It turns out that Florida Power and Light was building prime croc habitat just as virtually every other developer was paving it over.