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BOCA GRANDE, FL- On Friday, Dec. 13, Mote Marine Laboratory will release “Wildman,” a juvenile green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) that was found by a Mote research vessel operating earlier this summer in Pine Island Sound. The turtle, which was treated for papilloma tumors in Mote's Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital, will be released at about 10:30 a.m. from Gasparilla State Park on Boca Grande (near the lighthouse).
DESTIN, Fla. (AP) — State officials say they have no plans to remove the wreckage of a boat crash that killed three people in the Florida Panhandle. Last week's crash under a Destin bridge killed three Niceville residents: Jamila Beltz, Taylor Evanoff and Robert Williams. If the Coast Guard does not remove the wreckage, it may remain in the water.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — An endangered sea turtle went to a Tampa training center for doctors so that veterinarians could figure out what is ailing it.
SIESTA KEY, Fla. - It's time once again for one of the Suncoast's biggest events: the Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition. Artists have spent days perfecting their creations in the fine sand at one of the best beaches in the world.
MIAMI (AP) — Federal officials say national wildlife refuges offer benefits to humans as well as wildlife.
SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. - Once nearly extinct, the green sea turtle is now coming back in record numbers. More than 25,000 nests were counted this year around the state; that's more than double the previous record.
Green Sea turtle nests hit record numbers.
SARASOTA, CO., FL - Wildlife officials have counted more than 25,000 green sea turtle nests along the 26 beaches this year.
SeaWorld advises fishermen to use "circle" hooks since turtles are less likely to swallow them than "'J"-shaped hooks.
SARASOTA, Fla. - Sea turtles have finished nesting on beaches from Longboat Key through Venice, where green sea turtles laid a record number of nests and loggerhead sea turtles also had a strong year, according to Mote Marine Laboratory's Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program.
A young loggerhead turtle crawls through a pile of others waiting to be released Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, into the Altantic Ocean near Boca Raton, Fla. Coast Guard officials helped Melanie Stadler, a marine scientist with Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, release almost 500 sea turtle hatchlings into the Atlantic Ocean. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
SARASOTA COUNTY - Wildlife officials say they have caught the man who allegedly stole sea turtle eggs on Casey Key last month.
SARASOTA COUNTY - Wildlife officials are looking for a man they say may be stealing sea turtle eggs. It happened two weeks ago on Casey Key. They say someone even snapped a photo of the guy in the act.
SARASOTA, Fla. - Researchers are reporting encouraging numbers for sea turtle nests in Florida this year. In the nearly 200 nesting beaches being monitored, researchers report the second-highest nest count on record.
SARASOTA, FL. - A Sarasota Police officer on patrol saved nearly 100 sea turtle hatchlings on Lido Beach.
BALTIMORE (AP) — The National Aquarium in Baltimore is completing one of the biggest overhauls in its 32-year history with a massive new centerpiece exhibit that features 1,000 animals and 3,000 hand-sculpted coral replicas as their environment.