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Sea Turtles!

Everyone loves Sea Turtles! The most common Sea Turtle found in Southwest Florida is the Loggerhead turtle. These turtles can be seen diving in the Gulf and also on the beaches at night during nesting season (March 1st- October 31st.) Even though these creatures can weigh from 155 lbs to 375 lbs, getting to that size is pretty rare. Statistics show that out of every 1000 sea turtle hatch-lings, only one will survive until breeding maturity. The Loggerhead Sea turtle is listed as threatened at this time, but it is predicted that they will be put on the endangered, in danger of extinction, within the foreseeable future. The greatest threat to these turtles is loss of nesting habitat due to coa

Moon Jellys? No problem.

Stung by a Moon Jelly? Don't sweat it. Moon Jellies are the most common jellyfish inhabiting The Gulf of Mexico. Even though they have tentacles packed with nematocysts, their sting isn't really that bad. An easy way (and clean way) to denature the Jelly Sting is pouring vinegar on the infected area. Make sure to remove any remaining stingers from your skin to eliminate further infection. To relieve pain you can also soak the infected area in hot water and then apply a cold compress. Apply vinegar and hot water as needed.

Florida Reef System, why its important to care.

South Florida's corals are turning white and contracting fatal diseases in what's being called an unprecedented die-off across the region's reefs. Although they cover a small fraction of the ocean floor, coral reefs have an outsize biological importance, providing habitat for about a quarter of the world's marine species. The southeast Florida reefs, which run from the Florida Keys through Martin County, constitute one of the region's major recreational areas and attract thousands of tourists for fishing, diving and snorkeling. The bleaching and disease has struck around the world, with scientists blaming global warming, as well as unusual weather events, including the warming of the Pacific

When Lionfish over stay their welcome.

Lionfish are native to the Indo-pacific, but have now established themselves along the southeast coast of the U.S., the Caribbean, and in parts of The Gulf of Mexico. But where did they come from? While the cause is still unknown, its extremely likely that humans have given a helping hand. Experts speculate that these unwanted fish have been being dumped into the oceans from home aquariums since the late 1980's. Lionfish are thriving in the Gulf of Mexico due to the fact that they can reproduce after just one year after they are born; and can breed up to every four days throughout the year. A single female Lionfish a can spawn up to 2 million eggs in just one year. Whats even worse about the

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