In this Issue:
  • Is it Seagrass or Seaweed?
  • Two Manatees in Two Weeks
  • Meanwhile, Back at the Oyster Ranch…
  • Exploring the Gulf of Mexico: Phytoplankton Part I
  • A New Kid on the Block: the Cuban (Brown) Anole
  • Coasts & Marine

    Is it Seagrass or Seaweed?

    For many, it really does not matter. But is there a difference? Yes… there is.  Seagrass is what typically washes ashore on the Sound side – seaweed is what we typically see on the Gulf.   So what is the difference?   Seagrasses are actually grasses. They are true plants in the sense they have …

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    Two Manatees in Two Weeks

    As a young boy growing up here in the panhandle, I had heard of this thing called a manatee – but had never seen one. They came more into the light when I was a teenager and becoming interested in marine biology.  I was the president of the high school marine biology club and one …

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    Meanwhile, Back at the Oyster Ranch…

    Photo: Erik Lovestrand There are a number of parallels than can be drawn between shellfish farming and traditional forms of agriculture that take place on the land. The most obvious similarities are the amount of hard work, grit and faith that are required of the farmer on land or sea. In spite of this there …

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    Exploring the Gulf of Mexico: Phytoplankton Part I

    Last year I began a series of articles on the Gulf of Mexico. They focused on the physical Gulf – water, currents, and the ocean floor.  This year the articles will focus on the life within the Gulf, and there is a lot of it. We will begin with the base of food web systems, …

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    A New Kid on the Block: the Cuban (Brown) Anole

    In our continuing battle with invasive species, northwest Florida is now home to an invasive lizard. Known as both the Cuban and Brown Anole, this animal has been reported from Big Lagoon, East Hill, North Hill, and Gulf Breeze in the Pensacola area.  I have seen it at almost every rest area on I-10 between …

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