In this Issue:
  • Nature Notes – The Blue Crab
  • Researchers Test Traps for Controlling Deepwater Invasive Lionfish
  • An Intimidating Fish They Call the Stingray
  • Camp Timpoochee: Marine Camps 2018
  • Exploring the Gulf of Mexico: Phytoplankton Part 2
  • Snorkeling Safety at the Jetty
  • Sea Turtles of the Panhandle: 2016 Nesting Numbers and Notes
  • Christmas”sea” Cheer!
  • The Christmas “Sea Star”
  • Marine life

    Nature Notes – The Blue Crab

    Most kids who grew up on the Gulf Coast grew up catching blue crabs. These animals are common along our shorelines, relatively easy to catch, and adventurous because they may bite you.  I caught my first one in 1965 and we proudly displayed the boiled shell over the kitchen bar for many years.  This is …

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    Researchers Test Traps for Controlling Deepwater Invasive Lionfish

    Written By: Laura Tiu, Holden Harris, and Alexander Fogg It’s early morning as Dreadknot Charters speeds out of Destin Harbor towards the offshore reefs in the Gulf of Mexico. Researchers Holden Harris (Graduate Research Fellow, University of Florida), Alex Fogg, (Marine Resource Coordinator, Okaloosa County), and the Dreadknot crew, Josh and Joe Livingston, ready their …

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    An Intimidating Fish They Call the Stingray

    It is now late May and in recent weeks I, and several volunteers, have been surveying the area for terrapins, horseshoe crabs, and monitoring local seagrass beds. We see many creatures when we are out and about; one that has been quite common all over the bay has been the “stingray”. These are intimidating creatures… …

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    Camp Timpoochee: Marine Camps 2018

    Are you interested in learning about marine life, going fishing, or exploring the underwater world with a mask and snorkel? If so, this is the camp for you! This local education opportunity for budding marine scientists will be happening this summer at Camp Timpoochee in Niceville, FL.   The camps enable participants to explore the marine …

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    Exploring the Gulf of Mexico: Phytoplankton Part 2

    In the last article, we discussed what phytoplankton are, what their needs were, and their importance to marine life throughout the Gulf and coastal estuaries. In this article, we will discuss the different types of phytoplankton found in our waters. Marine scientists interested in the diversity and abundance of phytoplankton will typically sample using a …

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    Snorkeling Safety at the Jetty

    The St Andrew Bay pass jetty is more like a close family friend than a collection of granite boulders. The rocks protect the inlet ensuring the vital connections of commerce and recreation. One of the treasured spots along the jetty is known locally as the “kiddie pool”, which is accessible from St Andrew’s State Park. …

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    Sea Turtles of the Panhandle: 2016 Nesting Numbers and Notes

    There are five species of sea turtles that nest from May through October on Florida beaches. The loggerhead, the green turtle and the leatherback all nest regularly in the Panhandle, with the loggerhead being the most frequent visitor.  Two other species, the hawksbill and Kemp’s Ridley nest infrequently.  All five species are listed as either …

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    Christmas”sea” Cheer!

    The holiday season is a special time for most of us! There are many creatures that live under the sea that represent many of our holiday traditions. Photo Credit: Fl. Museum Of Natural  History, George Burgess Small cookie cutter sharks are found in very deep water during the day, at night they migrate up the water …

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    The Christmas “Sea Star”

    One of the more popular traditions this time of year is placing the star on top of the Christmas Tree. The star represents the Christmas Star which led the wise men to the manager.  The stars that have been placed on Christmas Trees over the decades have come in all shapes and forms but gulf …

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