In this Issue:
  • Valentine’s Day… Red… and the Column Stinkhorn Fungus!
  • They Call it “Sea Lice”
  • Florida’s Aquatic Carnivorous Plants – Yes, Aquatic!
  • An Ancient Mariner… the horseshoe crab
  • From Fear to Fascination: White Sharks in the Panhandle
  • Box Jellies in the Gulf of Mexico?
  • Discovering the Panhandle… Barrier Islands… September
  • The World of Worms – the Annelids… Part 3 of 3
  • The World of Worms… Part 1 of 3
  • The Mystery on Seahorse Key
  • Curiosities

    Valentine’s Day… Red… and the Column Stinkhorn Fungus!

    Valentine’s Day is just a few days away and this month’s theme is evidenced by the color red. Red hearts, bows, roses (imported this time of year from South America) and candy in red boxes This hue is not frequently seen in Wakulla County in the mist of winter’s grip, but this year azaleas bloomed …

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    They Call it “Sea Lice”

    I have played in the waters of the northern Gulf of Mexico all of my life… but I have never heard of this – “sea lice.” It has been in the news recently and I have had a couple inquiries concerning it so I decided to investigate.   A few weeks ago there was a …

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    Florida’s Aquatic Carnivorous Plants – Yes, Aquatic!

    I don’t know about you, but living in “La Florida” – “the land of flowers” (the Spanish translation of Florida – named in 1513 by Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León) makes it difficult to have a short list of favorite plants.  While I do have a number of plants in my “favorites” list, carnivorous …

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    An Ancient Mariner… the horseshoe crab

    Talk about weird and cool at the same time! The horseshoe crab is one of the oldest living species we have in the Gulf of Mexico.  Fossils of this animal date back to almost 500 million years… this is before there was such a thing as fish!  The separating of Pangea, the rise and fall of …

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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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    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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    Discovering the Panhandle… Barrier Islands… September

    I am not going to lie… I skipped August… It was hot… September however was nice. The day I made the hike the skies were clear and the temperature was 75°F! wonderfully… truly wonderful. If you are like me you probably begin your day around the same time – and have probably noticed that it …

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    The World of Worms – the Annelids… Part 3 of 3

    In the final segment of this 3 part series on worms we will discuss the largest, most commonly encountered members of the worm world… the Annelids. Annelids differ from the other two groups of worms we have discussed in that they have segmented bodies. They are largest of the worms and the most anatomically complexed. …

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    The World of Worms… Part 1 of 3

    I am afraid worms are not the most pleasant topic to write about but few people know much about them. I was once told when I was a student that if you wanted to become known as a scientist study worms, no one else is.   When we hear the term “worm” negative things enter …

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    The Mystery on Seahorse Key

    First let me explain that Seahorse Key is not in the Florida Panhandle but the story is interesting and a similar phenomena could occur here. Seahorse Key is an isolated island 3.6 miles southwest of Cedar Key in Florida’s Big Bend. There is a science lab owned and maintained by the University of Florida and …

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