Saturday, May 1, 2010

Mote Marine Lab web pages for Florida beaches.(LIve report)
Environmental Updates

On any given day, Mote's 200-plus researchers are in the field collecting information or asking for public help gathering information for important marine research studies. These Environmental Updates change regularly, reflecting Florida's ever-changing environment. Mote invites you to visit regularly for new information.

Beach Conditions Report

Red Tide

Sawfish Sighting

Florida Keys Environmental Observations

Sea Turtle Nesting

Marine Mammal & Sea Turtle Strandings


Ginger the dolphin's release!

Tracking Rehabilitated and Released Risso's Dolphins

Dolphin Friendly Fishing and Viewing Tips


Beach Conditions Report

The Beach Conditions Report provides several types of information about Southwest Florida beaches during red tide events: whether dead fish are present, whether there is respiratory irritation among beachgoers, what the water color is, the wind direction and what flags are currently flying at the beaches (for lifeguard-monitored beaches).

The Beach Conditions ReportTM covers 31 beaches in nine Florida counties:

• Escambia County: Pensacola Beach

• Okaloosa County: Fort Walton Beach, Henderson Beach State Park and Destin Beach

• Gulf County: St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, both Gulfside and Bayside

• Franklin County: St. George Island State Park , both Bayside and Gulfside

• Pinellas County: Caladesi Island State Park, Fort DeSoto Park

• Manatee County: Manatee Beach, Coquina Beach

• Sarasota County: Lido Key, Siesta Key, Nokomis, Venice North Jetty, Venice Beach, Manasota Beach

• Lee County: Bowditch Point Park, Lynn Hall Beach Park, Lovers Key State Park, Bonita Beach, Tarpon Bay Beach, Lighthouse Point on Sanibel Island

• Collier County: Barefoot Beach, Vanderbilt Beach, Seagate Beach, Lowdermilk Park, Naples Pier, Tigertail Beach, South Marco Beach

The information is provided from a number of different sources, including lifeguards, park rangers and other trained observers. They're able to report the information directly to the web from the beaches thanks to Mote’s Sarasota Operations Coastal Ocean Observation Laboratory (SO COOL), which has created software that automatically posts the updates online.

Residents and visitors without Internet access may also ac

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