Urban Wildlife

Beach Clean Up Tomorrow, March 26

Beach Clean Up Tomorrow, March 26

Keepers of the Coast, a local non-profit, in coordination with St. Johns County is hosting a Beach Clean up on Saturday March 26, 2011. This event will take place at the Butler Park East Beach Walk over on the beach from 3 PM to 6PM Saturday afternoon.

Keepers of the Coast 5th Annual Sea Turtle Festival

Please join Keepers of the Coast as we welcome the return of our nesting sea turtles to the beaches of North east Florida. The 5th annual festival is being held at the St. Johns County Fishing Pier Pavilion in St. Augustine Beach , Florida on Saturday April 16, 2011 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Venomous Email Slithers Into Your Inbox

Venomous Email Slithers Into Your Inbox

Like most urban legends, the Saint Augustine Rattlesnake Warning email is dark and dramatic. What makes this email different than most is that it's real. Well, at least the photos are real. Here is the text of the cold blooded email that has been frightening folks around the globe for nearly two years.

World’s Oldest Dolphin in Human Care Turns 58!

Nellie, the world’s oldest dolphin in human care, celebrated her 58th birthday this morning with fish, cake, and fanfare.  Nellie splashed out the candle on her cake made of ice and frozen fish after her party guests were regaled with stories of her illustrious career.  A round of “Happy Birthday” led by Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts and his wife Priscilla, and Commissioner Milissa Holland, chair of the Flagler County Commission, sung by approximately 150 of her friends and fans followed.  More traditional birthday cake from Publix was enjoyed by those who visited to share in this special occasion.

FWC Proposes Catch-and-Release Only for Bonefish

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) proposed draft rules on Wednesday that would allow only catch-and-release fishing for bonefish, a premier saltwater game fish in Florida.  The proposed rules would also establish new provisions regarding the possession of bonefish by anglers and the possession and transport of bonefish during bonefish fishing tournaments.

FWC Considers Extending Alligator Hunting Hours

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) directed staff to advertise a rule amendment to extend alligator hunting hours. Commissioners will vote on it at their June meeting.

Update: VIDEO | Currents Possible Reason for Dead Sunfish Sightings in St. Augustine

Update: VIDEO | Currents Possible Reason for Dead Sunfish Sightings in St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is waiting on test results from a large mola fish found dead on  the beach today.

"On the one hand, it's a common fish offshore," said Tom Pitchford, a biologist with FWC.  "On the other hand, we don't normally see them on the beach, so we really want to figure out by looking at these carcasses that've washed ashore if there's something going on with the fish."

The sharp-tailed mola was found on Vilano Beach early Monday morning.  Just last week, another sunfish was found dead along St. Augustine Beach. 

Some scientists believe a parasite may be to blame for that death.