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Turtle Nesting Season is Here

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is asking Florida beachgoers and residents, who live along the beach, to be careful and watch out for sea turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs.  The nesting season usually begins in May and goes thru October, but this year sea turtles began laying eggs on area beaches [...]

Beginning June 1st, the National Weather Service will issue statements on beach hazards. The Tampa Bay Area Weather Forecast Office is one of the offices participating in the pilot program. The Weather service will issue information about harmful algae blooms, Red Tide, rip currents, chemical spills, high bacteria levels and dangerous marine wildlife.  The statements [...]

As reported by Craig Pittman of the Tampa Bay Times we may not be out of the woods when it comes to surface damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon disaster.  While everything seems to have gone back to normal on our beaches, geologist James Kirby has found evidence that the oil is still present and [...]

This year nearly 100 dead or ill dolphins have washed up on shore mostly in Louisiana’s Barataria Bay where oil lingers in the marshes and sediment.  Kate Spinner, of the Herald Tribune, reports that more than 600 dolphins have been found fatally ill or dead since oil reached the shoreline following the Deepwater Horizon explosion [...]

According to an article in the April 2012 issue of the journal of Marine Biology, a new hammerhead species has now been discovered near the coast of southern Brazil.  The shark was originally discovered off the South Florida coast in 2005 and by a separate team off the South Carolina coast.  At the time, scientists [...]

Barbel Honisch, a paleoceanographer at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and Andy Ridgwell of the University of Bristol, coauthored a paper on ocean acidification that was recently featured in the journal “Science.“ The study found that our oceans may be acidifying faster than at any point during the last 300 million years, endangering marine life [...]

Jason Dearen, of the Associated Press, reports that in the past 12 years, the Navy has used missiles, torpedoes and large guns to sink 109 old U.S. warships off the coasts of California, Hawaii, Florida and other states.  The program called “Sinkex” for sinking exercise, has come under fire from environmentalists for the pollutants it [...]