Warming temperatures and ocean acidification are significant threats to coral reefs, but a new study by Mote Marine Laboratory researchers last month provides something of a silver lining. Researchers found that ocean acidification could actually help slow the progression of a disease that kills corals.
Scientists with Mote Marine Laboratory will begin a yearlong effort this summer to restore about 25,000 corals in the Florida Keys. State lawmakers approved a $500,000 appropriation for the project in this year’s state legislative session.
If you haven’t heard of the stingray shuffle, now may be the time to learn the dance. It’s stingray mating season along Southwest Florida beaches and that means more of the rays are on the move where beachgoers tend to wade.