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Wildlife officials say sea turtle nest counts are up on east-central Florida beaches.  In Volusia County, turtles have dug 2,884 nests so far this year, up from 2,356 nests all last year.  In Flagler County, turtles have dug 555 nests so far this year, compared with 444 in 2011. Sea turtle nesting in Manatee and [...]

Female Pillar Corals Spawning

Researchers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have documented male and female pillar corals spawning together in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.  This is a significant discovery because it was unclear if female pillar corals existed in Florida. Diving off Key Largo, researchers witnessed male pillar coral colonies releasing clouds of milky [...]

An Abundance of Seaweed In Florida

An overabundance of seaweed has been washing ashore on both coasts of Florida. Since January, news media in Broward County have reported that 1,000 tons of seaweed has been removed from the shore in Fort Lauderdale.  Beaches on the Gulf Coast especially those in Sarasota, Manatee and Pinellas counties have been affected. Experts call the [...]

Sarasota Bay Watch’s Fifth Annual Scallop Search took place on August 11th.  Over 150 volunteers aged 2 – 82, took part in this event on boats ranging from kayaks and motor boats to sail boats.  Ninety–three scallops were counted this year, twelve times the number counted in 2011.  The event was sponsored by the Guy [...]

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 [...]

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