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The South Florida Aquarium hosted a birthday party this month for Snooty, the oldest manatee in captivity.  He was brought to Manatee County in 1949 to Bradenton’s DeSoto celebration.  He is 9-foot, 8-inches and weighs 1,205 pounds and has greeted more than 2 million visitors.  The Aquarium believes Snooty is the oldest manatee to live [...]

The Gila trout was one of the original species listed under the Endangered Species Act in 1973.  At that time, its range had been reduced to only four streams within the Gila forest.  Through recovery efforts, federal officials decided in 2006 to downlist the trout to threatened status.  However, wildfires burning around the West this [...]

Helping the Whales

Federal maritime officials have approved a plan to protect whales in and around San Francisco Bay.  The plan is a result of an increase in accidents involving whales and cargo ships.  Migrating blue, fin and humpback whales have been lured close to California’s shore by plentiful krill, the shrimp-like organisms they eat.  They then come [...]

After 24 years of litigation, U.S. District Judge Alan Gold has given the okay to an $880 million plan to improve Everglades’s water quality. The federal approval came just over a week after the latest plan was submitted by the South Florida Water Management District, the lead state agency on Everglades’s restoration efforts. This key [...]

This May Riverview High School unveiled its AquaDome, a $250,000 aquaculture greenhouse that will be home to different types of marine life.  The school hopes that it will be an added attraction for elementary and middle school students who already visit the Planetarium on the campus. Students who visit the AquaDome can touch starfish, feed [...]

The female manatee found floating upside down in a Bonita estuary by kayakers in January was released May 15th in Bonita Springs.  The manatee, suffering from red tide which caused temporary paralysis, weakness and twitching like involuntary movements, had been undergoing therapy for the past four months at the Miami Seaquarium.  She was given antibiotics, [...]

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 [...]