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‘Ring of fire’ lights up the sky for some in Northern Hemisphere

CNN — A “ring of fire” solar eclipse appeared in the sky for some people in the Northern Hemisphere on Thursday as the moon partially blocked out the sun. A solar eclipse happens when the moon crosses between the sun and the Earth, which blocks a portion of the sun’s rays, according to NASA. This eclipse is an annular eclipse, meaning the moon is far enough away from the Earth that it appears smaller than the sun. The name “annular” comes from the Latin word “annulus,” which means ring-shaped, according to Farmers’ Almanac. When the moon...

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Elusive bear spotted roaming around Naples area

NAPLES, Fla. – A bear who first was spotted roaming around Naples Friday morning has been seen all over Collier County since. The bear was last spotted at Doc’s Beach House Monday after being seen at the Ritz Carlton Saturday night.  Collier County deputies received a 911 Saturday call saying, “Calling from Ritz Carlton Beach Resort, we have a black bear that’s cornered in our front drive area right next to one of the golf storage rooms.”  Naples Police believe he swam over from Keewaydin Island and began traveling north.  The bear ended up exploring...

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Florida scientists find rare bee species in new locations

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Museum of Natural History scientists have found the first nest of Florida’s extraordinarily rare blue calamintha bee and added a new location to its known range: the Ocala National Forest. They also confirmed the insect feeds on a second, but highly endangered, host plant. Researchers made the discoveries during their second field season tracking the obscure bee in Central Florida’s sand pine scrub habitats. Their findings will help inform conservation and land management efforts and a federal assessment on whether the blue calamintha bee qualifies for protection...

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Manatees dying at an alarming rate in Florida

NBC News — Florida’s manatees are dying at unusually high rates this year, and experts said the sustained loss of a key food source is to blame. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s most recent report, which spans Jan. 1 to May 28, recorded 761 manatee deaths in 2021. Researchers are concerned that the current death rate could surpass the record 804 manatee deaths recorded in 2018. “If this continues through the rest of the year, this is going to be one of the highest mortality years ever,” said Jon Moore, a marine biologist and oceanographer...

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Update on Lake O water releases expected Friday

CLEWISTON, Fla. — The United States Army Corps of Engineers will provide an update on water releases from Lake Okeechobee on Friday, June 4. Engineers have lowered how much water is released from Lake O down the Caloosahatchee River in the past couple weeks. The changes to releases will help reduce the algae bloom in the Caloosahatchee, water experts said. Count on NBC2 to bring you the latest information once it is available. The post Update on Lake O water releases expected Friday appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2 Cape Coral

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Florida man tries to throw shark from Naples pier in viral video

NAPLES, Fla. – A Naples Man is gaining attention for all the wrong reasons after a video he was in went viral from Friday night. In the video, it shows the man attempting to throw a shark off the Naples Pier and back into the water. However, it all turns into a disaster when the shark never makes it off the pier and slams onto the ground. According to the man depicted in that video, it all started when another fisherman had the shark hooked on his line. That’s when he decided to help, lifting the shark onto the pier and holding it for pictures.  After folks had a chance to...

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Lee County deputy saves sea turtle suffering from red tide

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – A Lee County deputy came to the rescue of an endangered sea turtle after he saw the animal in “obvious distress.” Lee County Sheriff’s Office According to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Kyle Hargis sprang into action after a lieutenant noticed the turtle having trouble in the water near the area of Coon Key. Hargis successfully got the turtle, identified as a Kemp’s Ridley turtle, out of the water after several tries. Lee County Sheriff’s Office The turtle was covered in wet towels as rescue crews transported it to FWC and...

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Nearly 100 sea turtle nests discovered on Sanibel & Captiva shores

SANIBEL ISLAND, Fla. — Sea turtle nesting season is starting to pick up speed and volunteers are locating and roping off more nests on Sanibel and Captiva shores. So far, turtle nest monitoring crews with the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation have located 70 nests on Sanibel and 25 on Captiva. “So far, the counts are on pace with 2019, a strong year that finished with 848 total nests,” SCCF Coastal Wildlife Director Kelly Sloan said. “It’s still too early in the season to know how things will shake out, but we are hopeful for another great year.” Last week, SCCF daytime tagging intern...

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Missed the supermoon? Here’s other sky-gazing events happening this year

FORT MYERS, Fla. / CNN — April showers bring May… supermoons? Not exactly, but the “flower” supermoon lit up the sky on Wednesday. If you missed the supermoon memo, don’t fret! Plenty more sky-gazing events are happening this year. FULL MOONS Here are all of the full moons remaining this year and their names, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac: June 24 — Strawberry moon July 23 — Buck moon August 22 — Sturgeon moon September 20 — Harvest moon October 20 — Hunter’s moon November 19 — Beaver moon December 18...

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Divers re-plant corals that once flourished in Florida Keys

RAMROD KEY, Fla. — A coral species that once thrived, but died as a result of coral bleaching is being reintroduced to Florida’s Coral Reef. If you’ve ever snorkeled or dived in the Florida Keys in the 1970s or 80s then you might remember seeing swaths of impressive elkhorn corals. Healthy elkhorn coral. Elkhorn coral thickets were historically abundant until recent years, when they died off due to disease and bleaching events, according to researchers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Coral Research Program. The species of coral was nearly wiped out of population and Florida...

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