Common Name: Sun Ray, Sun Ray Venus Clam Scientific Name: Macrocallista nimbosa Fun Facts: This bivalve has a distinctive pattern reminiscent of the rays of the setting sun. Sun Rays can be found buried in sandbars off the beaches and in the bay. They are considered edible but have become somewhat true.
Mote Marine scientist and START’s Executive Board Member, Dr. Barbara Kirkpatrick, has been elected the co-chair of the National Harmful Algal Bloom Committee. The NHC brings together authorities from research organizations, government agencies, communities and other groups to focus on harmful algal blooms while raising national-level awareness of bloom related issues. Barbara was elected by [...]
Scientists have long known that red tide is toxic to marine life but new research from a University of Connecticut researcher and his team have discovered that it is even deadlier than first thought and could affect entire marine food chains. Professor Hans Dam, and his research group from the Department of Marine Science, discovered [...]
Environmental groups have launched a petition drive for a constitutional amendment that would earmark $10 billion in state funds over 20 years for conservation programs. As an amendment, it would cement funding formulas for land purchases and conservation efforts that lawmakers could not change without voter approval. At issue is money for the state’s Land [...]
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 [...]