Dozens of sea turtles found in dangerously cold ocean waters off New England were flown to the Florida Keys to recover after being exposed to hypothermic conditions. Once they are healthy enough, they will be released in warmer Florida waters.
The city of Key West will consider banning the sale of certain sunscreens that contain chemicals experts say are dangerous to the coral reef. But the industry is fighting back, saying the science the anti-sunscreen people are using is weak.
The Florida Keys commercial fishing industry was severely impacted by Hurricane Irma last year, especially lobster anglers. The industry continues to feel the impact from Irma, but the bigger concern is the impact of red tide on stone crabs.
Sibling manatees, whose mother was killed by a boat propeller in 2016, were returned home to the Florida Keys. They spent the past two years rehabilitating at the Miami Seaquarium and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio.
Two marine archaeological discoveries were made off the Florida Keys in October. A Key Largo man found a 200-year-old cannon in the sand on Elbow Reef. A Homestead fisherman found a wooden shipwreck off Islamorada.
Gov. Rick Scott won the Florida Keys by one vote — 18,021 to 18,020. Scott’s been criticized for cutting millions from state water agencies — a key issue in the Keys. Republicans tend to value conservation.
The toxic tide had mostly eased along the west coast and appeared in medium and low amounts on the Atlantic Coast, but after Hurricane Michael churned across the Gulf of Mexico it has again grown steadily worse.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is planning a prescribed burn Tuesday at Curry Hammock State Park, near Marathon. The burn is aimed at mimicking natural cycles and preventing wildfires.
A look at red tide conditions on Anna Maria Island beaches on Oct. 17, more than a week after Hurricane Michael tore through the Gulf of Mexico, but failed to break up the red tide bloom, according to a report.
As the algae bloom that causes red tide appears to be impacting the Florida West Coast fishery, the Keys have likely been spared. The season is off to a promising start for fishermen in the island chain.
The U.S. Coast Guard has declared five of the six lighthouses that dot the Florida Keys reef “excess,” meaning they are no longer needed and the government no longer wants to pay the cost to maintain them.
Florida International University scientists are keeping an eye on an algae species found in a Key Largo canal earlier this month. The algae cause red tide, but a different type than is plaguing Florida’s west coast.
Florida Keys veterinarians euthanized an osprey that was shot by a man with a pellet gun, causing it to fall from a ship’s mast onto a Key West pier. A wildlife group had been rehabilitating the bird for a month.
A Florida Keys flats fishing guide reported a stranded Atlantic bottlenose dolphin while participating in a tournament. National Park Service rangers and volunteers were able to push the dolphin safely to sea.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has changed its stance on saltwater crocodiles in the Keys. The agency no longer feels the reptiles should live in residential areas and will remove them.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said it was declaring a spike in dolphin deaths in Southwest Florida tied to red tide an “unusual mortality event.” An investigation has been opened.
A young adult manatee was rescued in Key Largo Friday by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Dolphin Research Center and the Miami Seaquarium after he was spotted with both flippers and his tail tangled in fishing line.