turtles

Creatures from the plastic lagoon

Creatures from the plastic lagoon

Reptile enthusiasts of a certain age likely remember the tiny turtles sold in lagoon containers, swimming in the nonexistent shade of a thumb-sized plastic palm tree. They lived short lives at the hands of the children who pined for them. But the times – and regulations — have changed. Housing a pet turtle, especially an […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for April 4

5 Things to Know in Florida for April 4

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. Florida Senate to seek extending gambling compact 1 year Florida lawmakers will consider legislation to extend the gambling compact the state has with the Seminole Tribe for one year. Sen. Rob Bradley announced Friday that the Senate Regulated Industries […]

Grant to link students and turtles

Grant to link students and turtles

A grant award for Gulf Islands National Seashore (GINS) will fund an innovative educational opportunity, so that local teens can better understand a special group of seasonal guests on area beaches, sea turtles. The grant from the National Parks Foundation will fund Gulf Islands’ “Turtle T.H.I.S. (Teens Helping in the Seashore) Program.” “We are excited to […]

Juvenile green turtle swims at the Gulf-side Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary

Juvenile green turtle swims at the Gulf-side Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary

If you have not had a chance to visit local reefs lately, check out this video showing marine life swimming nearby including a juvenile green sea turtle. The video was taken at the Gulf-side Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary artificial reef Saturday, July 5, 2014. YouTube    

Cold Stunning Affects Nearby Sea Turtles

Cold Stunning Affects Nearby Sea Turtles

Several area sea turtles were rescued recently as a result of the below-freezing temperatures the area has been experiencing. A condition known as “cold stunning” occurs when they are exposed to prolonged cold water temperatures. Last Tuesday, the water warmed up enough to allow Gulf Islands National Seashore to release five green sea turtles into the […]