Many of Florida's 24 major rivers drain into the Gulf of Mexico, and we have 7,800 lakes that are home to a variety of animals. Meet some of the animals—including non-native invasive species—that call Florida's fresh waters home. You can also meet popular gamefish, like snook and redfish, that live in our estuaries—the places where rivers meet the sea—and learn how Mote Marine Laboratory researchers are working to boost their numbers in the wild.