Monthly Archive: April 2017

Look Who’s Enjoying the Beach This Spring… An Alligator!

I received a call the week before Earth Day to let me know that an alligator was laying on the beach, on the Gulf side, near Regency Villas. This is certainly not something you see every day.

Two questions came…

One, Is this weird?

Two, Can alligators tolerate salt water?

 

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May 19 – 2017 Water Quality Data – Pensacola Bay System

2017

Florida Department of Environmental Protection Data

 

Date Water body Water Temp (°F) Water salinity (‰) Dissolved Oxygen (mg/l) ENT (colonies/100ml) Jan 3 Texar 68 1.7 ND 6131 Jan 16 Texar 68 3.1 ND 10 Feb 3 Texar 57 6.9 7.8 8 Feb 6 Texar 63 4.2 7.8 10 Feb 13 Texar …

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Our Ancient Mariner; the Horseshoe Crab

This is a very old, ancient creature. Fossil records suggest they may have existed, in the present form they are now, 450 million years ago.  This predates the fish and dinosaur fossils.  Once found in several oceans and seas, today they are found along the eastern seaboard of the United States and along the Pacific …

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