Tag Archives: Florida

Jumping Mako Shark in Gulf off Indian Rocks Beach

This video brings back memories of fishing in an open boat in the Gulf off John’s Pass, FL when I was in high school, back in another century. I remember when a friend landed a fairly small 3-4′ shark and … Continue reading

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SSV Oliver Hazard Perry Bound for Bermuda, Florida, Cuba and the Arctic

After a successful first season sailing New England waters, SSV Oliver Hazard Perry has an exciting 2017 ahead.  Toward the end of January, the sailing school ship will depart Newport, RI bound for Bermuda, then to Florida where the ship will be … Continue reading

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Manatee Monday, Part 2 — Snorkeling with Manatees at Crystal River

Last Friday, Crystal River did not live up to its name. It was murky and the crystal clear waters that I remembered had a visibility of only about six feet. In some respects, however, it added an element of mystery, when, as … Continue reading

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Manatee Monday, Part 1 — A Hopeful but Still Uncertain Recovery

It wasn’t so long ago when the conversation regarding Florida manatees was not whether or not they would become extinct but rather how quickly their extinction would happen. Fortunately, efforts to save the manatee have paid off. In 1991, the … Continue reading

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Pogo and the Latest Florida Algae Bloom

A massive blue-green algae bloom has hit Florida’s “Treasure Coast,” coating the beaches and inlets with a foul-smelling, sticky green-goo that some resident describe as “guacamole thick.” A state of emergency has been declared the Lee, Palm Beach, Martin and … Continue reading

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Invasive Lionfish for Sale at Whole Foods – If You Can’t Beat ’em, Eat ’em

The upscale supermarket, Whole Foods, is taking an innovative approach to countering the spread of an invasive species of fish in Florida. They offering lionfish for sale. It is sort of a “if you can’t beat’em, eat’em” approach to managing … Continue reading

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“Bubble Man” Reza Baluchi Tries Again — Coast Guard Says ‘No’

“Bubble Man” Reza Baluchi is at it again, but this time, the Coast Guard told him to turn around not far from shore  before putting himself or others in danger. After warning him not to leave port without a support vessel, the US … Continue reading

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The Glory and the Danger of Open Water — Thoughts on Two Missing Teens

On Friday, two 14 year old boys went missing in the Atlantic off Jupiter, FL. Their 19′ boat was found capsized on Sunday night. The Coast Guard, and now the Navy, is continuing the search for the teens, Austin Stephanos … Continue reading

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High Powered Boat Crashes into Beach Restaurant Near Tampa Florida

A quick quiz — you are the captain of a 39′ fast sports fishing boat with six passengers and a heavy sea fog has just set in. You either lack or are paying no attention to electronic navigational aides.  What do … Continue reading

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Rare Goblin Shark Caught (and Released) Off Florida

A rare goblin shark was caught and subsequently released by shrimp fishermen off Key West last week was only the second ever found in the region.  The goblin shark is described as ‘a rare, poorly understood species of deep-sea shark. … Continue reading

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“Gasparilla Pirate Fest” and the Fictitious Pirate, Jose Gaspar

Today, Tampa, Florida will be “invaded” by pirates. Every year about this time, Tampa celebrates the Gasparilla Pirate Fest notionally in honor of Jose Gaspar, reputed to be the “Last Buccaneer.” It is described as “a swashbuckling good time” involving … Continue reading

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Diving the Wreck of the Steamer Florida in Lake Huron off Presque Isle, Michigan

In a dense fog, at about 9:00 AM on May 20, 1899, the 270-foot steamer Florida was nearly cut in half by the George W. Roby. The ship is sitting upright approximately 200 feet below the surface of Lake Huron, off … Continue reading

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Red Tide Killing Record Number of Florida Manatees

An outbreak of Red Tide, a deadly algae bloom, in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida is killing a record number of endangered Florida manatees. The Red Tide bloom has been killing  at least 10 manatees a day and shows no sign of … Continue reading

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Update: Diana Nyad Ends Her Attempt to Swim Between Havanna & Key West

This morning Diana Nyad ended her fourth attempt, her third this year, to swim from Havana, Cuba to Key West, Florida after being buffeted by squalls and stung by jellyfish. She had been in the water for roughly 60 hours … Continue reading

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Diana Nyad Making Fourth Attempt at Cuba to Florida Swim

Starting a day earlier than planned, Diana Nyad, 62, began her fourth attempt yesterday afternoon to swim from Havana, Cuba to Key West Florida, a distance of 103 miles across open ocean.  Nyad swam 21.7 statute miles in her first 18 hours. The total … Continue reading

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Mating Manatees Stop Traffic on Tampa Bay Causeway

Drivers on the Courtney Campbell Causeway began calling the authorities to report manatees in trouble.  There appeared to be around ten manatees on a sandbar not far from the causeway that connects Tampa and Clearwater, Florida. Drivers stopped their cars and pulled over to get a better … Continue reading

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Dolphin Sunday – Part 2: The Dolphin Lady of John’s Pass

Ann Weaver is a researcher who has been studying dolphins in Boca Ciega Bay, with a particular focus on how to to minimize the impact of local construction projects on the dolphins. The Dolphin Lady of John’s Pass

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Holy Calamari, Batman – 25′ Giant Squid Found Floating off Florida

A 25 foot long giant squid was found floating off the coast of Florida. It has now been taken for study to the University of South Florida.  It was found by fisherman in a 23 foot boat, who somehow managed to bring … Continue reading

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The Shipwreck Behind Crane’s “The Open Boat”

None of them knew the color of the sky. Their eyes glanced level, and were fastened upon the waves that swept toward them. These waves were of the hue of slate, save for the tops, which were of foaming white, … Continue reading

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Happy New Year – New York & Key West Style: Crystal Ball, Conch Shell, Pirate Wench & Drag Queen

In New York City tonight, just on the other side of the Hudson River from where I am now typing, roughly one million people gather  in Times Square to watch a crystal ball being dropped on exactly midnight to celebrate the … Continue reading

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