Aquatic Animals

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Dolphin Expert Stephen McCulloch Fired By FAU, Seeks Reinstatement

    Stephen McCulloch wants his job back. A prominent master of the arcane art of dolphin rescue, for more than a decade he was a leader and key force at the Marine Mammal Program at FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI). Last February 14 he was fired. See also: - Dolphin Guru Stephen McCu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Blackfish Producer to Be Honored by PETA at Sublime Vegan Restaurant

    Manny Oteyza, best-known as the producer of the documentary Blackfish that was watched by more than 21 million people on CNN, will be honored by Fort Lauderdale philanthropist and restaurateur Nanci Alexander at her Fort Lauderdale gourmet vegan hot spot Sublime Restaurant & Bar this weekend. Fre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    SeaWorld Attendance Falls; Major Investor Dumps Shares

    In the first three months of 2013, SeaWorld reported a total attendance of 3.5 million people. Fast-forward to the first three months of this year and the numbers are a bit different. Yesterday the company reported 3.05 million people came through in the first three months of 2014, a 13 percent drop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Could Miami Seaquarium Orca Lolita Be Days Away From Freedom?

    The Miami Seaquarium's orca, Lolita, who has been crammed inside what is the smallest whale tank in North American for the past 40 years, is the closest she's ever been to being set free and reunited with her family. Back in January, the National Marine Fisheries Service announced that it was seekin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    Do Lobsters and Crabs Feel Pain? New Research Says Yes

    Anyone who has ever been in the same room as a lobster boiling knows the distinctive sound of its scream as it's cooked alive. The sound is not actually a scream -- lobsters do not have vocal cords -- but for many, the question about whether they feel pain remained a cause for concern. If anyone r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    Boat Catches Fire and Sinks off Hillsboro Inlet (Video)

    Two men and a boy had to evacuate a sportfishing boat they were on when the vessel caught on fire and sank on Sunday morning. The 46-door Sea Lion caught fire around 7:30 a.m. as it sailed off the Hillsboro Inlet. An hour after the distress call was made, the boat sank as fire consumed it and pil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2014

    SeaWorld to Hold Conference Call on Fourth Quarter and Year End 2013 Earnings

    SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. are all set to release their fourth quarter and year end 2013 financial results when the market closes on Thursday, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern. In what is sure to be a spectacle where big wigs talk about how much money they've made even in the face of adversity from protester ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2014

    Blackfish Filmmakers Challenge SeaWorld to Debate

    The filmmakers behind Blackfish and The Cove have challenged SeaWorld to a public debate on the issues the documentary has brought up, and the park's assertions that it's nothing but propaganda from a group of extremists. The Oceanic Preservation Society has put out a press release and thrown down ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2014

    Family of SeaWorld Trainer Killed by Whale Releases Statement on Blackfish

    The family of Dawn Brancheau, the SeaWorld animal trainer who was killed by an orca following a show at the park in 2010, has released a statement distancing itself from the documentary, Blackfish. The film, which exposes the abuse killer whales endure in captivity, specifically at SeaWorld, focuse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    Dolphin Slaughters in Japan Bring More Negative Attention on SeaWorld

    The documentary movie Blackfish has brought a world of negative attention on SeaWorld. The film, which shines a light on the horrors of orcas in captivity, was aired to huge audiences on CNN and provoked protests around the country. In response, SeaWorld execs have alternately refused comment or b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    Florida Teen Tries to Hide Shark He Caught Off Pier, Cops Say

    Oh, teenagers. They love to hide things to not get into trouble. They try to get away with things like not picking up their dirty socks by brushing them under the bed, or shoving their nudie mags under their pillows so Mom doesn't see it, or hiding a shark they caught in some bushes. You know, s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    Great White Shark Spotted Off Coast of Daytona Beach

    A great white shark has been spotted off the coast of Daytona, according to the OCEARCH ocean research group. The shark, named Katherine, weighs in at 2,300 pounds and is reportedly 14 feet, 2 inches long. Katherine was tagged off the coast of Cape Cod by OCEARCH on August 20. She emerged off the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    SeaWorld Places Full-Page Ad to Combat Blackfish Backlash

    After calling the several petitions launched through "digital harassment" following the controversy of the documentary Blackfish, SeaWorld is now putting the full-court press on its critics. The Orlando-based theme park has placed a full-page ad in several newspapers across the country, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2013

    Howard Stern: "What Kind of Idiot Goes to SeaWorld Anyway?"

    Last week, we told you about how SeaWorld has come under fire, especially since trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed by a killer whale in Orlando in 2010. SeaWorld was fined by the Labor Department and ordered not to let trainers in the water with the animals -- a ruling SeaWorld is appealing. In the m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    WTF Florida: Woman Arrested for Kicking Geese on Video

    A 20-year-old woman was booked on charges of animal cruelty Friday after police received multiple reports of a video in which she allegedly is seen kicking at three geese at Twin Hills Park, while a child can be heard laughing in the background. The police report states that in the video, the woma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Florida Man Jumps Into Water to Save Bull Shark

    Bull sharks are known for being aggressive toward humans, and there have been numerous accounts of bull shark attacks in Florida. They are an ornery, pugnacious species that should be avoided at all costs. And with that comes news out of Gasparilla that a fisherman jumped out of his boat into the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    Navy Tests Could Kill Dolphins by the Thousands Off the Coast of Fort Lauderdale

    Thousands of dolphins, including those that swim off the coast of Fort Lauderdale and other parts of South Florida, could be killed within the next five years via Navy military tests. According to a recent environmental-impact statement from the military, dolphins living off the East Coast, the Gul ... More >>

  • News

    August 15, 2013
  • Blogs

    July 11, 2013

    Great White Shark Spotted off Florida, Described as Curious and Docile

    Capt. Jason Johnson, of Triple J Charters, who had taken a charter out for some yellow tail snapper fishing, spotted a great white shark about six miles south of Key West on Wednesday morning. Johnson described the shark as "docile" and "very curious." So it's totally okay to take your kids up to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    Florida Lobster Poachers Arrested With 468 Tails

    Lobster season in Florida runs from August 6 through March 31. The lobster-tail bag limit for the season is six per person, per day. But apparently two men decided that lobster season is right now and that the lobster-tail bag limit is none. According to Florida Fish and Wildlife, two men were arr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, FWC Are Going After Manatee Riders

    Depending on where you come down on the whole animal-rights thing, you probably watched the video of Florida's finest d-bags jumping onto some innocent manatees with something between shock and rage. This week we posted the vid, some dumpster-grade Jackassery courtesy of two Cocoa Beach brainiacs. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    Florida Men Cannonball Onto Manatees, Post It On YouTube

    A couple of Cocoa Beach yokels made the conscious decision to lure a mother manatee and her calf close to the water's edge, and then cannonballed into them, because DERPY DERPY DERP IT'S HIGH LARIOUS. Then they posted the video of them slamming into the animals on the YouTube. Because this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Fishermen Catch Great White Shark Off Florida Coast (VIDEO)

    With all the sharks appearing so close to Florida shores in the past few weeks, including two great whites swimming 15 miles off the shores of Jacksonville Beach and hordes of sharks riding the waves off Palm Beach, it stands to reason that shark and man would eventually clash. And they finally did ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2012

    Hundreds of Manatees Find Refuge From the Cold Near FPL Plant

    Merry Christmas, South Florida! It's 304 manatees! The recent cold snap forced hundreds of the sea cows to the FPL plant located east of State Road 7 right off Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The herd sought refuge from the suddenly chilly weather in the plant's discharge of war ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    Sperm Whale Riders Being Sought by Feds

    On Monday, we told you about the 40-foot sperm whale that washed ashore in Deerfield Beach. Turns out, a couple of dudes were jumping on top of and riding the whale as it died off the shore of Pompano Beach. And now a federal investigation has been launched to find the unidentified men. Snapsho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    Mayan Beach Sand Dune Bulldozed; Sea Turtles Left Without Nesting Ground

    Sad news today for South Florida environmentalists, sea turtles, and Mother Earth: After a circuitous and arguably shady legal battle, Fort Lauderdale's Mayan Beach Sand Dune was plowed over at some point in the past 48 hours. Even though an August court decision sealed the dune's fate, the destruct ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    Dolphin Bites Girl in SeaWorld

    An eight year-old girl was happily feeding dolphins at SeaWorld's Dolphin Cove when one of them lunged from out of the water and bit her hand. Jillian Thomas, who was visiting the SeaWorld Orlando park with her parents from Georgia, was lined up with other children, feeding the dolphins from a food ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    Petition to Save Mayan Beach Sand Dune Racks Up Signatures; Will DEP Take Notice?

    In three days, more than 480 people have signed a petition to save the Mayan Beach Sand Dune in Fort Lauderdale from destruction. Spearheaded by the Sea Turtle Oversight Protection, the petition is the latest development in a battle between developers and environmentalists that has stretched fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    Manatee Molester Turns Herself In to Authorities

    Yesterday we told you about a lady who tried dry-humping riding a manatee like a horse and then disappeared into the ether. Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies were not amused and announced that they were on the lookout for the manatee molester. "Go ride a Jet-Ski. Don't use animals. She needs to b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    Accused Manatee Molester Is On the Loose In St. Petersburg

    Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies are asking the public to help them catch an accused manatee molester. An unidentified woman is wanted for violating the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act, which states that it is illegal for people to "intentionally or negligently" attempt to "molest, harass, or distu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    Diana Nyad Ends Her Quest To Swim From Cuba to Florida

    Marathon swimmer, 62-year old Diana Nyad, has attempted to swim from Cuba to Florida four times because she's vastly more badass that you are. Nyad first tried to cross the Florida Straights in 1978 when she was 28-year-old. Back then, she swam inside a steel shark cage. She ended her ques ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    California Ban on Foie Gras: No More Fatty Duck Livers Allowed (Floridians, However, Feel Free to Eat Up)

    Foie gras-loving Californians better eat up over the next month. Starting July 1, the state ban on foie gras (fattened liver from a duck or goose) will officially take effect. The law was passed in 2004 but included time for restaurants and the state's lone foie gras producer to adjust.Animal rights ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2012

    Precious Red and Pink Corals Need Protection Under CITES

    In last week's cover story, we looked at why reef-building corals are being plundered from the South Pacific and sent to the shores of Florida. But the curio trade isn't the only industry fueling the death of coral. For centuries, jewelry makers have harvested precious red a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2012

    Nature Conservancy, Surfrider Foundation Hosting Meeting Thursday on Marine Sanctuary Management

    Care about the health of local waters? Got beef with how the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is being managed? Don't want to see the Atlantic turned into a barren, polluted wasteland?Then pay attention to what The Nature Conservancy and the Surfrider Foundation are doing this week. 

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Corals Can Get Herpes; Valtrex Not an Option

    ​Coral reefs have taken a beating in recent decades. Ask someone who dove off the Florida coast in the '70s and he'll tell you the reefs today are a shadow of what they once were.Overfishing, reckless coastal development, pollution, careless boaters, and human plundering have all had a p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    Florida Backs Away From Shark Fin Ban

    ​While researching for this week's review, I found resources at, a non-profit international organization that strives to help protect the ocean and its creatures. On its blog, I found this piece, following a Fort Lauderdale event:On a more serious note, the evening focused on sharks an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    Suck Da Heads at Shuck-N-Dive for Mardi Gras

    How to Eat Crawfish - PSA from Loyola Motion Design on Vimeo."It's early in the season for crawfish," said Clif Smith of Crawfish Company of Central Florida. "We're very busy and could run a little short," he told Clean Plate Charlie in between taking orders for tomorrow's Mardi Gras festivities. De ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    Save the Turtles: The Misguided, Misinformed, and Misdirected Battle for Hillsboro Lighthouse

    ​​All they wanted was some darkness for the baby sea turtles. But what started out as a simple request for protection of the endangered animals has ballooned into a yearslong battle among local advocates, the U.S. Coast Guard, and numerous agencies in which the original message has been lost in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Eating Whales and Horses In Iceland

    ​Two summers ago I accompanied my friend James "The Amazing" Randi on a speaking tour of northern Europe. We visited Scandinavia and the Baltics, and enjoyed a quick southerly jaunt to the Netherlands. Our final engagement was in Reykjavik, Iceland, in the middle of the Atlantic.Reykjavik is a mod ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    Mayor Jack Seiler Responds to Sea Turtle Activists Clamoring for His Attention

    Hmm, Quite.​Activists protesting the death of baby sea turtles because of Fort Lauderdale's flawed beach lighting know how to get Mayor Jack Seiler's attention: holding signs up against the windows of City Hall during a commission meeting, passing out his private cell phone number, calling him a m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    Mayor Jack Seiler's Curt Email Response to Sea-Turtle Activists: "Your Facts Are Wrong"

    S.T.O.P.Roadkill baby turtles​"MAYOR SEILER HATES BABY TURTLES!" That's a popular refrain these days among advocates for sea turtles on Fort Lauderdale's beaches. Around this time of year, eggs buried by mother turtles on the beach hatch, releasing inch-long baby turtles who need to find their way ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Hideous Giant Squid Found Off the Coast of Jensen Beach​Ever wonder what a 23-foot-long disgusting giant squid looks like?Absolutely repulsive is what it looks like.We got a hold of a photo from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken somewhere between the discovery of the squid off the coast of Jensen Beach, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    A Night With Sea Turtle Hatchling Rescue in Fort Lauderdale

    ​Here is a heartbreaking video from YouTube, posted by an activist group known as Sea Turtle Oversight Protection. It's called "Ten Minutes in the Night of a Rescue Volunteer." The date of the clip is the evening of July 10, and a map shows the location where it was shot: on the sand behind the Sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    Morning Juice: Dog Days, Dog Nights; Stick-Up Note F-Ups; Witness Removal Program

    ​We've felt some of the hottest temperatures of the year during this past week -- some pure meteorological brutality. Conversely, we've been rewarded (punished?) with some of the coldest air conditioning imaginable. Lucky for us, the local dailies keep dishing plenty of entertaining stories, most ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2010

    Chef Test: Boil and Crack Boxes of Live, Squirming Lobsters

    Photo by Flicker user LallCould you crack these suckers while they're still alive?​Patty Canedo is a pastry chef at a famed, private country club on Palm Beach and writes weekly about her kitchen exploits.Chef de Cuisine Luke is struggling with boxes and sweating, so I run over to offer help. "You ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2009

    Two-time Sea Turtle Poacher Bruce Bivins Sentenced

    Photo by Flickr user anej1030​For some old-timers in Riviera Beach, the start of any date out with your woman begins with sea turtle eggs. You poach them, sprinkle salt on their papery skin, and then eat the aphrodisiacs in one bite. Back when I first wrote about that nasty habit back in 2002, cop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2009

    Dish Deconstructed: Lobster Risotto

    John Linn​Pictured: Lobster risotto with asparagus tips. Lobster: Poach two whole Florida lobsters in water along with celery, onion, carrot, and lemon. Once lobsters turn red (about 15 minutes), remove and extract tail meat. Add shells back into pot and allow to steep for 45 minutes. Strain and r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    George LeMieux Sides With Charter Fishermen; Asks for Looser Restrictions on Catch Limits

    In a post yesterday that's part of our Panning for Gold series, I made a crack about how it's rather foolish to trust a charter fisherman's hunch about the sustainability of fish population -- not just for the obvious fox-running-the-hen-house reasons. Mainly, it's because there's a much more relia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2009

    Dolphin Experts Weigh In; Any Gorilla-Killers in Lake Worth Mayoral Race?

    Dr. Rene Varela​ The local community of marine mammal experts is a relatively small one, so the Juice has been asking some high-level folks in the scientific community to weigh in on the recent controversy surrounding veterinarian Dr. Rene Varela, candidate for mayor of Lake Worth. One expert, wh ... More >>

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    June 5, 2008
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