Watch out for Dolphins, Manatees & Turtles

Hayley Rutger of Mote Marine Laboratory asked us to share this press release with you as July 4th is fast approaching and there will be a lot of activity in and on the water. Dolphins give birth during late spring and summer, and four dolphin calves have been born so far this year in Sarasota […]

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NOAA Releases Study on Sick Dolphins

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and its partners are working together on the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA).  Part of NRDA’s charge is to evaluate the long term impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on dolphins in the Gulf. One of the studies, conducted in August 2011, focused on dolphins in Barataria Bay […]

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Dolphins in Peril

From New York State to North Carolina 357 dead or dying bottlenose dolphins have washed ashore since July 1st, the largest number of deaths in a quarter century. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has declared the die offs to be an unusual mortality event and released funds for an investigation. NOAA says the […]

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Indian River Lagoon in Distress

The Indian River Lagoon is located on Florida’s east coast. It is a shallow water estuary that has one of the most diverse ecosystems in North America. It stretches across 40 percent of Florida’s east coast, spanning 156 miles that contain more than 600 species of fish and more than 300 kinds of birds. It […]

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Gulf Oil Spill Anniversary

The Gulf of Mexico’s wildlife and wetlands are still recovering from the massive oil spill that occurred three years ago when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded. The incident, the worst of its kind in U. S. history, killed eleven workers and spilled 200 million gallons of oil. The spill affected hundreds of miles of […]

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Request From Mote Laboratory: Please Watch Out For Marine Life During the Summer Boating Season

Sea Turtles

Over the past two months, the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program has documented three dolphins that have been struck by boats. Two of the dolphins were recently born calves. Mote’s Stranding Investigations Program has also recovered several large sea turtles that had been struck by boats. These incidents offer a strong reminder that we share our […]

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