Locator Super: Marathon, Florida Keys
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B-roll of “groundhog conch” coming out of its shell and other scenes. SOTs with Ben Daughtry, president of Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters
Video Source: Florida Keys News Bureau
MARATHON, FLORIDA KEYS -- A conch living underwater in the Florida Keys confirmed groundhog Punxsutawney Phil's prediction Tuesday of six more weeks of winter weather.
Of course, in the subtropical Florida Keys, “winter” temperatures average 77 degrees Fahrenheit during day and 67 degrees Fahrenheit at night, according to Chip Kasper, the lead forecaster at the Florida Keys National Weather Service office in Key West.
Among guests for the event were members of the Marathon City Council, who wore traditional “Groundhog Day” top hats but short-sleeved shirts during the ceremony.
“The conch is really one of the most iconic animals in the Florida Keys,” said Daughtry. “If you’re born in the Florida Keys, you’re considered a conch.”
The Keys island chain is also known as the Conch Republic.
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