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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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DeSoto County home to new FPL solar energy center

DESOTO COUNTY, Fla. — When it comes to renewable energy, DeSoto County is the solar power host with the most. Florida Power & Light Company recently finished construction of the new Rodeo Solar Energy Center. The completion of the project makes DeSoto County home to more FPL solar energy centers than any other county in the state. The new energy center adds nearly 300,000 solar panels to the Sunshine State’s power harnessing grid. DeSoto County was the birthplace of solar energy in Florida when FPL installed its first energy center “DeSoto Next Generation” in 2009....

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6.0 magnitude earthquake strikes near Panama coast

PUNTA DE BURICA, Panama — A 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck about 90 miles off the coast of Punta de Burica, Chiriquí, Panama on Thursday morning, officials said. Information from the United States Geological Survey shows that the earthquake’s epicenter is in an area where the Caribbean and North American plates meet. The earthquake began around 9:42 a.m. local time about 94.4 miles off the coast of Panama and 6 miles under the North Pacific Ocean. USGS officials rated the recent earthquake as a green alert which means there is a low likelihood of casualties and damage. So far, no...

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Eastern diamondback rattlesnake gets health check-up at Naples Zoo

NAPLES, Fla. — Vet techs and reptile keepers worked together to complete a successful check-up for a venomous resident of the Naples Zoo. Glass Animal Hospital staff used a long, clear tube to put the Eastern diamondback snake under anesthesia. The veterinary team took radiographs of the snake’s body, drew blood, and collected samples for viral testing to figure out the condition of the snake. Officials were happy to announce that the rattlesnake left his check up appointment with a clean bill of health. The post Eastern diamondback rattlesnake gets health check-up at Naples Zoo...

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Bold bear unfazed after climbing utility poles and sitting on wires

DOUGLAS, Ariz. / AP — Residents of an Arizona border city were left in awe after a surprise visit from a bear. The bear appeared on Sunday in downtown Douglas, officials with the Arizona Game & Fish Department said. Bolder than the average bear, it climbed up two utility poles and sat on some wires high above the ground. State wildlife officials, Douglas police, the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Border Patrol closed off U.S. Hwy 191 while trying to get the bear to leave. The seemingly unfazed bear eventually climbed down and ran off, sending about two dozen...

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Ship speed limit sought to protect endangered whales in Gulf

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A speed limit for ships in part of the Gulf of Mexico south of the Florida Panhandle is needed to protect the few remaining endangered whales there, environmental groups said Tuesday. The groups asked the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service to set a 10-knot (11.5 mph, 18.5 kph) speed limit in an area covering about 11,500 square miles (30,000 square kilometers) off Florida and Alabama. Shipping interests did not immediately answer requests for comment on the petition, which also asks NOAA Fisheries to make all shipping detour around the whales’...

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FDA approves the use of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for ages 12-15

(NBC News)– The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 12 to 15 on Monday afternoon. As reported by NBC news, this decision will make millions of shots available. Previously, the Pfizer vaccine was approved for those ages 16 and up Dr. Janet Woodook, the agency’s acting commissioner, called the authorization “a significant step in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.” At the end of March, a clinical trial showed that Pfizer’s vaccine is 100% effective in preventing hospitalizations and death for those ages 12 to...

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Sea turtle buried on Seagate Beach after being hit by boat

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. – A county worker and another woman jumped into action when a dead green sea turtle washed up on the shore of Seagate Beach Friday morning. Every morning, Gail Turner takes a walk on Seagate Beach. On Friday, she saw a dead green sea turtle wash up on shore.  “It looked like it was cut at the top of the head in the back, it was really sad to see and nobody was around,” Turner said.  Moments later Turner said a county worker showed up and the two dragged the turtle towards the dune area and started digging.  Turner said it wasn’t easy.  “I...

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Hurricane Preparedness Week: 2 topics a day

It’s National Hurricane Preparedness Week and your NBC2 First Alert Meteorologists want you to be prepared. Every day we will feature two topics that will help you get ready for the upcoming hurricane season. 1. Write things down Grab a pen and paper and write down your important contacts. That includes names and numbers of family members, doctors, and veterinarians. You can use this physical contact list as a backup to your cell phone and computer. It’s a good idea to make paper copies of the contact list and other important documents like medical records, birth certificates...

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