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Satellite tracking will reveal turtle wanderings

By borrowing the tools of the manicurist's trade, marine biologists have found a way of attaching satellite-tracking tags to turtle hatchlings. The tags will help uncover what turtles get up to in the critical few months after they leave the beach of their birth. "If we know where these

FWC biologists discover new species in Hillsborough fisherman’s catch

Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), along with scientists from California State Polytechnic University, have identified a new marine species found in the Gulf of Mexico. A scientific publication released Thursday officially announced the discovery of

Favorable weather leads to high manatee count

Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reported a preliminary count of 4,840 manatees statewide during the annual synoptic survey. The survey took place Jan. 20 and Jan. 24. A team of 20 observers from 11 organizations counted 2,438 manatees on Florida's East

242 sea turtles released into the Gulf of Mexico

Two hundred forty-two cold-stunned sea turtles removed from St. Joseph Bay this winter were released Wednesday into the Gulf of Mexico off Cape San Blas in Gulf County. All were green turtles. Twenty-five Kemp's ridleys, also rescued from the cold, will be released at a later date, along with green

Cold December adds to 2010 manatee death toll

Two periods of unusually cold weather in 2010 contributed to the number of manatee deaths for the year being more than double the yearly average of the past five years. Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI)

FWC, partners rescue cold-stunned sea turtles

Recent cold temperatures in Florida left many cold-stunned sea turtles close to death, floating listlessly in the water. Working with staff from county, state and federal agencies as well as volunteers, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists helped to coordinate the

FWC rescues young manatee from chilly waters

Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) rescued a young male manatee in St. Petersburg on Wednesday. The 7-foot juvenile manatee was thin and showed signs of cold stress. This condition, which can result in death,

Cold weather may lead to fish kills

As temperatures drop in Florida, the number of cold-related fish kills is likely to increase. Chilly winter temperatures can lead to fish die-offs in Florida's marine habitats, rivers and lakes. The good news is that these events are natural occurrences and typically do not cause permanent

Cold weather in early 2010 took toll on manatees

The cold weather earlier this year led to a record high number of manatee deaths in 2010. From the beginning of the year through Dec. 5, biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) documented 699 manatee carcasses in state

Help Sea Turtles Survive Every Time You Drive

Sea Turtle Grant Program Awards $335,000 to Support Research, Conservation and Education GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA—Each summer, Florida's sandy beaches attract thousands of sea turtles searching for the perfect spot to lay their eggs. But in the past 10 years, scientists have recorded a nearly 50