Hurricane season officially ends on Sunday and, here we are another year without getting hit by one. It's almost as if we shouldn't even bother with having a hurricane season. Yet, scientists say we're just smack in the middle of a ridiculously lucky streak -- one that is going on for almost a decad ... More >>
That hazy sky you woke up to this morning wasn't the usual August overcast. It was actually Saharan dust flying over our neck of the woods straight from Africa. Prior to this year's hurricane season, forecasters predicted a slower-than-usual turnout of storms. Part of that is because of El Nino, an ... More >>
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says that this hurricane season will be normal-to-below normal this year. Their forecast, which was released Thursday, seems to agree with the prediction from two Colorado State University forecasters who said in April that only three hurricanes w ... More >>
If you've ever been to the Panhandle, it was probably during spring break. That's the one week per year in which Pensacola and Panama City become tourist hot spots. After the college hordes leave, those cities are again discarded and forgotten by out-of-towners like so many Natty Ice cans on soft, s ... More >>
A couple of storm forecasters from Colorado have brought some seemingly bad news for those of us who love to take days off and listen to 24 hour local news stations tell us how we're all gonna die when a hurricane is on its way. Phil Klotzbach and William Gray of Colorado State University say that ... More >>
Sharks are apparently going to be replacing weathermen soon, because according to this report, hundreds of them have been tagged with special satellite links that scientists are hoping will be forecasting information of oncoming hurricanes. Scientists at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School ... More >>
Sadly, Florida has seen a lot of pilot whales wash ashore or beach themselves in the past couple of months. Last Sunday, 25 pilot whales were found dead off the shores of Kice Island, in the southwest part of the state. On Friday, a team of biologists began performing necropsies on the dead whales ... More >>
Necropsies performed on 11 dead short-finned pilot whales found in the Florida Keys on Sunday revealed the mammals suffered from malnutrition. Officials believe the 11 were part of the whale pod that stranded itself in Florida's Everglades National Park last week. According to the National Ocean ... More >>
Some of the short-finned pilot whales that had stranded themselves in Florida's Everglades National Park earlier this week may have swam into deeper waters, according to the Coast Guard. About 20 or so whales of the 40 that had stranded themselves were missing on Friday morning, leading officials ... More >>
As many as 30 to 40 short-finned pilot whales have stranded themselves in Florida's Everglades National Park. As many as ten have beached themselves, with four having already died, according to officials. The pod was first seen on Tuesday, about 30 miles from Flamingo in Monroe County.
And now for a bummer of an animal news item: A pygmy sperm whale and her calf have died after washing ashore in Jupiter on Monday. The mother whale was spotted on shore shortly after 4 p.m. north of the Jupiter Reef Club. Her calf was found some distance away, to the north near Carlin Park. Accor ... More >>
A 40-foot sperm whale that died as it swam near the shore in Pompano Beach, has washed ashore at the International Fishing Pier in Deerfield Beach. Deerfield Beach lifeguards roped the whale carcass so the animal can be allowed to slowly drift away from the fishing pier towards the shore where yell ... More >>
In south Florida, there are few names that have made a long-lasting impact on the culinary industry. Chef Dean James Max is one. His name comes up not just for his talent in terms of churning out beautifully prepared sustainable seafood dishes, but for his impact on the next generation of south Flor ... More >>
Lionfish are nothing new. The vibrant and venomous invasive species has been screwing up local marine habitats since the first one was recorded in U.S. waters off our very own Dania Beach back in 1985. Their persistence prompted the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administratio ... More >>
See also "Mystery-Sponge Killing Disease Now Seen From Palm Beach to Keys" and "Sponges in Palm Beach Hit By Disease"Earlier this year, a mystery ailment ravaged sponges off the coast of Florida, from the Keys up to Palm Beach. Scientists became alarmed as reports rolled in of massive barrel sponges ... More >>
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.
flickr.comA 20-year University of Florida study out last week says Florida has the most invasive reptiles and amphibians in the world. A day or two after that came out, state officials declared war on giant African snails in Miami-Dade County.Yep, Florida apparently has a nasty invasive species p ... More >>
Word on the street: No news is good news. According to local restaurants, Gulf oyster suppliers have said there will definitely be a point where the buggers will come off the menu almost everywhere. The only question is when.But as of now, restaurants are still serving up oysters raw and on the h ... More >>
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 >>
For years Everett Hobby has net-fished offshore for ballyhoo. Only recently has he been considered a criminal for doing so.