In this Issue:
  • Respecting the Rip
  • Oil Spill Science Seminar held in Okaloosa County
  • Remember Safety when at the Beach!!
  • Be Beach Aware with Jellyfish Out There
  • Life’s a Beach! Practice Beach Safety and Etiquette
  • Snorkeling… 5 Ways to Safely Enjoy Our Nearshore Snorkel Reefs
  • From Fear to Fascination: White Sharks in the Panhandle
  • When Will the Red Tide End?
  • Box Jellies in the Gulf of Mexico?
  • What You Need to Know About Vibrio Bacteria in Gulf Waters
  • Beach Safety

    Respecting the Rip

    It was disheartening to read that even with double red flags flying, 22 people had to be recused from the Gulf near Destin, FL recently, and one person lost their life.  In that spirit, I believe it is important to review information on the importance of respecting our sometimes-unforgiving gulf.   First of all, stay calm. …

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    Oil Spill Science Seminar held in Okaloosa County

    The Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill occurred about 50 miles offshore of Louisiana in April 2010. Approximately 172 million gallons of oil entered the Gulf of Mexico. Five years after the incident, locals and tourists still have questions. The Okaloosa County UF/IFAS Extension Office invited a Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Scientist, Dr. Monica Wilson, …

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    Remember Safety when at the Beach!!

    The sugary white sands along the Panhandle, attract millions of visitors to our area throughout the year. It is important for locals and visitors to understand and consider the following tips for safety at the beach. The danger of rip currents far outweighs the danger of having a shark encounter. As a result of past …

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    Be Beach Aware with Jellyfish Out There

    Summertime and swimming at the beach just go together naturally in Florida with our state’s more than 1,000 miles of coastline. Many fond memories are created along these salty margins and the Panhandle region of the state has some of the top-rated beaches in the world. It is a great place to experience a relaxing, …

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    Life’s a Beach! Practice Beach Safety and Etiquette

    It is that time of year again. Spring Break brings locals and visitors back to the beach for fun in the sun. It is important to remind folks that part of having fun is playing it safe. At the beach, this means knowing and following some pretty basic safety guidelines. Not all beaches have lifeguards …

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    Snorkeling… 5 Ways to Safely Enjoy Our Nearshore Snorkel Reefs

    It’s that time of year… the air is warming and spring break has begun. Crowds of locals and visitors have begun to descend on area beaches to enjoy the panhandle sunshine and waterways, and safety is always a concern. One of the many water activities visitors can enjoy are snorkeling our nearshore reefs. From St. …

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    From Fear to Fascination: White Sharks in the Panhandle

    From Fear to Fascination: White Sharks in the Florida Panhandle UF/IFAS Extension – Florida Sea Grant  By Rick O’Connor (Escambia County) and L. Scott Jackson (Bay County) Recently, I was walking on our local Gulf fishing pier checking fishing line recycle bins. You can’t walk on a Gulf pier without looking over to possibly catch …

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    When Will the Red Tide End?

    This is a question I have been asked several times in the last week. As most of you know the red tide that has been occurring off the panhandle the last few months is still around. Dead fish were reported on Pensacola Beach again the weekend of Dec 12-13 and a few people said they …

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    Box Jellies in the Gulf of Mexico?

    Yep, but do not get to alarmed just yet… it is not the same species as the famous one from Australia. That said… who is this new invader to our waters and is it of concern? According to NOAA and the University of California at Berkeley there are between 20-50 species of box jellies from …

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    What You Need to Know About Vibrio Bacteria in Gulf Waters

    After the recent report of a fatality due to the Vibrio bacteria near Tampa many locals have become concerned about their safety when entering the Gulf of Mexico this time of year. So what are the risks and how do you protect yourself?   What is the Flesh Eating Disease Vibrio? Vibrio vulnificus is a …

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