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  1. Waterspout forms between Caladesi and Dunedin

    Environment

    A waterspout formed between Caladesi Island and Dunedin earlier today.

    A waterspout formed between Caladesi Island and Dunedin. [Photo via YouTube]
  2. Algae bloom and fish kill confirmed in Old Tampa Bay

    Environment

    An algae bloom and fish kill have been confirmed in Old Tampa Bay from Safety Harbor to the south end of the Bayside Bridge.

  3. That funky smell in Old Tampa Bay is a confirmed algae bloom

    Water

    Smell something funky near Safety Harbor?

  4. 12-foot alligator catch follows an 11-footer caught the night before

    Wetlands

    Catching an 11-foot alligator might be considered a once-in-a-lifetime achievement, but four Florida Panhandle men who did that Wednesday turned around an captured a 12-foot gator the next night.

    Nick Naylor poses with the 12-foot-6 alligator pulled from Blackwater Bay on Thursday night. [Courtesy of Nick Naylor, John Booker, Kenny Way and Casey Shields]
  5. Can this device warn manatees about boats? Scientists doubt it (w/video)

    Wildlife

    For 40 years, the state has protected manatees by setting up slow speed zones for boaters.

    Edmund Gerstein of Florida Atlantic University says he developed his $120 Manatee Acoustic Device, or MAD, to warn manatees about approaching boats. The device is based on research that he said shows manatees can hear fast-moving boats better than slow-moving boats because ?€œthey just don?€™t have low frequency hearing.?€ His conclusion was embraced by groups opposed to boat speed zone regulations that protect manatees. But other scientists have cast doubt on his work, saying manatees can hear all boats just fine. Some also remain suspicious of Gerstein because of a 1991 incident in which he claimed he had a master's degree from the University of West Florida that he had not actually earned. [Courtesy of Florida Atlantic University]
  6. When is an island not an island? When it's Caladesi

    Environment

    CLEARWATER — North of Clearwater Beach, beyond the last brown beach house, where the mangroves jut nearly out to the sea, lies seclusion.

    An aerial view shows that Clearwater Beach and Caladesi Island connect where Dunedin Pass used to reach the Gulf. [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  7. State seeks to sell Hidden Lake preserve in west Pasco

    Environment

    NEW PORT RICHEY — The state has hung a for-sale sign on a 589-acre preserve in suburban west Pasco.

    The Southwest Florida Water Management District is selling the 589-acre Hidden Lake preserve in west Pasco.  The agency is asking $852,000.
  8. Pinky the 'pink' dolphin makes waves whenever it's spotted

    Wildlife

    The sight of a dolphin swimming next to a boat is not uncommon - the internet is home to thousands of examples captured on shaky, handheld video.

    This "pink" dolphin spotted in Louisiana is known as Pinky. A Facebook page devoted to the dolphin has several thousand followers. [YouTube]
  9. Before this 'Shark Wrangler' can tag a shark for science, he first has to catch it

    Wildlife

    MONTAUK, New York — After four hours at sea aboard a 126-foot vessel off the Long Island shore, the crew of two dozen mariners and scientists started to wonder as they scanned the ocean's small whitecaps amid a drizzling rain.

    Greg Metzger, left, helps secure a 6 1/2-foot blue shark as Matt Ajemian, center front, a research professor at Florida Atlantic University, and Lisa Hoopes, right front, a nutritionist at the Georgia Aquarium, take blood and tissue samples. Metzler, a high school marine science teacher, helps the crew of the Ocearch to catch sharks from his own boat. They are shown Aug. 9, 2017, near Montauk, New York. [Ricky Carioti | Washington Post]
  10. Florida panther dies in fight with another panther

    Wildlife

    NAPLES — An endangered Florida panther was found dead from an apparent fight with another panther.

    An endangered Florida panther was killed in a fight with another panther. [Carlton Ward Jr / Carlton Ward Photography / CarltonWard.com]