Marine Life

Volunteers with the Coral Restoration Foundation plant staghorn coral clippings on a reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Monday, June 8, 2015, off Key Largo, Fla. About 70 CRF divers are endeavoring to plant at least 1,000 staghorn corals to help enhance six reefs off the upper Florida Keys. The project, dubbed Plantapalooza, is being staged in conjunction with World Oceans Day and if successful, will be CRF's most prolific single-day planting output. (Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau)

Florida Keys Celebrates World Oceans Day with Coral ‘Plantapalooza’

In recognition of World Oceans Day, the Florida Keys-based Coral Restoration Foundation is staging its first-ever “Plantapalooza” Monday during which CRF staff, interns, board members and volunteers hope to plant at least 1,000 reef-building staghorn corals in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

06/08/2015

A red tide algae bloom is killing manatees in record numbers this year. (Source: CBS Tampa Bay)

Toxic Algae Off Fla. Coast Killing Marine Life & Economy

The waters run red, but not with blood. A toxic algae known as the “red tide” is spreading through the northeast Gulf of Mexico, killing marine life and threatening the waters and beaches that fuel the region’s economy.

09/17/2014

(Source: CBS4)

US Plans Wide Seismic Testing Of Sea Floor

The federal government is planning to use sound blasting to conduct research on the ocean floor along most of the East Coast, using technology similar to that which spawned a court battle between environmentalists and researchers in New Jersey this summer.

07/26/2014

Baby Alligators.

Michigan Man Gets 5 Months Prison Time In Florida Wildlife Case

A 35-year-old Michigan man will spend five months in prison after pleading guilty to a wildlife trafficking offense which involved the poaching of baby alligators and more.

04/15/2014

(Source: AP)

Study: South Florida Pollutants Increase Coral Reef Disease

Common South Florida pollutants are leading to a rapid increase in coral disease among South Florida coral reefs.

11/27/2013

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2 Keys Marine Dealers Guilty In Illegal Marine Life Scheme

Two Keys marine dealers pleaded guilty Wednesday for conspiring to harvest and transport marine life.

09/26/2013

A red tide algae bloom is killing manatees in record numbers this year. (Source: CBS Tampa Bay)

“Red Tide” Killing Manatees In Record Numbers

“This is probably going to be the worst [manatee] die-off in history.” That’s the grim news from Martine DeWit, a veterinarian who oversees Florida’s marine mammal pathology laboratory.

CBS4–03/09/2013

Marine life artist Wyland (wearing black hat) is positioned as he paints on one side of a massive mural that depicts the Florida Keys' underwater world Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, in Key West, Fla. The artwork wraps around a building in the island city's Historic Seaport district. Wyland has created 100 mammoth murals around the world to advocate marine resources protection. (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau)

Artist Wyland Completes Latest Keys Marine Mural

A massive mural depicting of the Florida Keys’ underwater world was completed in Key West Sunday by world renowned marine life artist Wyland.

10/21/2012