Category Archives: Conservation

The Dwindling Vaquita Porpoise Population; On The Brink of Extinction

The Vaquita porpoise is nearly extinct, now only living in the upper portion of the northern Gulf of California, Mexico, mostly within the Colorado River delta.

Bycatch is the number one threat to marine mammals.    Worldwide, estimates of over 650,000 marine mammals perish each year as a result Continue reading The Dwindling Vaquita Porpoise Population; On The Brink of Extinction

What’s Happening with Goliath Grouper?

The tasty goliath grouper has been prohibited as a fish to be harvested or possessed in state and federal waters since 1990. Some people think goliath grouper are at a point where they can be harvested. This massive fish has become highly prevalent in the waters of the Gulf.  Tampa Bay goliath grouper have had an especially high increase in abundance Continue reading What’s Happening with Goliath Grouper?

Recent Decision to Reclassify the Manatee

The once sparse manatee has reached a population denisty to neccesitate the reclassification from endangered to threatened.  The US Fish and Wildlife Service made the announcement on March 30th, 2017.  The official decision Continue reading Recent Decision to Reclassify the Manatee

Injured Loon at Key Vista Nature Park

Today while roaming around Key Vista Nature Park just next to the Anclote Power Plant we stumbled upon an injured loon laying along the bank of Rocky Creek. The Loon is a type of waterfowl like the Anhinga. It appeared to be injured. Even after being tapped with the side of a fishing pole the bird didn’t move an inch.  It only rotated its head a bit.  It was hard to say what the cause of the injury was.  The obvious thing is the fishing line wrapped around its beak, but other injuries could be possible.  We decided it would be Continue reading Injured Loon at Key Vista Nature Park

Great Horned Owl Rescued by a Caring and Observant Citizen

A condominium complex resident in Countryside noticed a owl behaving in a strange manner.  Owls are usually nocturnal animals, and are typically cautious of humans.  It is usually a clear sign of distress of some kind when a large mature bird like this one doesn’t fly away at the first sight of humans.  The Clearwater Police Department deputies Continue reading Great Horned Owl Rescued by a Caring and Observant Citizen

Cold Stunns

Cold stunned sea turtles are a common occurrence along the gulf coast.  It only takes water temperatures as low as 65 degrees for these cold-blooded creatures to become lethargic, according to Lauren Bell, a marine biologist in sea turtles and aquatic biology at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. “As of now there haven’t been any cold stunned turtles,” she said yesterday evening around sunset.  At the time, the water was hovering just above that critical 65 degree mark.   Because of air temperature in the mid 30s overnight, the water temperature at Pier 60 has fallen to 60°f as of 6:30am, 10 degrees almost overnight.  There is a strong possibility that at least a few lethargic, cold stunned turtles will need rehabilitation this morning.

Sea Turtle Release

Loggerhead turtles make up the majority of the nesting turtles along the northern Pinellas county beaches. Hatchlings incubate for about two months in the nest. Since the main nesting months are from May to October, the hatchling emergence often occurs during the peak of the hurricane season, between August and October. This puts the hatchlings at risk of being washed back onto the beaches of the coast, exhausted from battling ocean waves in their attempt to get out to the weed-line many miles offshore. Once the turtles get washed onto shore they become especially at risk of mortality. Fortunately, there are many caring people who watch over the turtles, doing what they can to preserve the reptile.