The Outdoorsman (Fish, Feathers & Fur)

Diatoms are the grasses of the oceans with a bountiful supply of food for a host of creatures

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Have you ever wondered who plays the role of grass in the oceans? Try diatoms, delicate unicellular organisms that have a yellow-brown chloroplast that enables them to photosynthesize.

Loggerhead turtles amazing creatures of the world's waterways including Florida

The loggerhead sea turtle is an oceanic turtle found throughout the world, including the Sunshine State. This marine reptile belongs to the family Cheloniidae (which includes all sea turtles except the leather-back sea turtle). They weigh around 300 pounds when fully grown and can be up to 7 feet long.

Change could come with red snapper ban along Florida and Georgia borders; update on manatee fatalities

Plans to close nearly 4,300 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean off the coasts of Florida and Georgia to bottom fishing may not come to be if a federal fishing panel gets its way.

When it comes to their ocean prey, these sea-bottom dwellers are ready for some football

With the spotlight aimed at football this time of year even the marine environment is in tune with the spirit. The marine population contains amongst it members the football fish, a member of the family Himantolophidae, which contains 19 species all in a single genus of globose, deep-sea angler fishes. They are found in the tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans.

Dreaded barnacle a nemesis for fishermen and others who keep their boats in salt water

One of the most aggravating nemeses to those having to keep their boats in a salt water environment is the dreaded barnacle. A barnacle is a type of arthropod that is related to crabs and lobsters.

Barnacles are exclusively marine. They therefore tend to live in shallow and tidal waters.. They are sessile suspension feeders, and have two nektonic (marine and freshwater organisms that can swim freely and are generally independent of currents) larval stages. Around 1,220 barnacle species are currently known.

Box jellyfish beach invasion has subsided

The recent box jellyfish invasion appears to have subsided. Nearly three dozen swimmers were treated on the beaches of New Smyrna Beach and Daytona Beach by lifeguards earlier this month while two others sought treatment in the emergency room of New Smyrna Beach's Bert Fish Medical Center.

Immersing the part stung into hot water with epson salts for a minimum of 20 minutes usually alleviates a lot of the pain. The sting of the box jellyfish is worse than that of the common jelly fish, but not nearly a s bad as its pacific cousin.

Dragonflies: Double the wings for one of nature's most fascinating flying insects

At one point in everyone’s life in Florida, they have seen the insect called a dragonfly, which are characterized by long bodies, large multifaceted eyes, and two pairs of strong transparent wings.

Green crab among world's worst invasive species

The Green Crab September 3, 2010 The green crab, Carcinus maenas, is a common littoral (of or along the shore) crab and an invasive species, listed among the 100 “world’s worst alien invasive species.” It is native to the north-east Atlantic Ocean and Baltic Sea, but has colonized similar habitats in Australia, South America, South Arica and both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of North America.

Hermit crabs actually quite social and live quite a long time

The hermit crab is a decapod, which is an order of crustaceans within the class that includes such as crayfish, crabs, lobsters, prawns, and shrimp. However, they are not related to true crabs. Hermit crabs are often found in tidal pools or in the intertidal zone. Hermit crabs are invertebrates, animals without a backbone.

Largest of tree sqirrels is the Eastern Fox Squirrel

The largest tree squirrel native to North America is the Fox Squirrel, also known as the Eastern Fox Squirrel, Bryant’s Fox Squirrel, and the Delmarva Fox Squirrel. They are also referred to as the raccoon squirrel, monkey-faced squirrel and the stump-eared squirrel.

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