Robert Scott Thayer

Robert Scott Thayer

12 Awesome Manatee Facts! August 17, 2018

Two Florida Manatees, also known as West Indian Manatees are enjoying Florida’s warm waters Greetings! Since manatee season is right around the corner, I thought I’d give you a quick rundown on 12 awesome manatee facts! The manatee is the wonderful gentle giant of the ocean. And when I say giant, I mean giant! I’ll explain…

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Worst Red Tide Bloom in Over a Decade Destroys Marine Mammals – Wipes Out Marine Life! August 8, 2018

Florida Fish and Wildlife officials rescue manatee in distress from devastating Red Tide. (Photo/Susan Smart/Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission) Greetings! You’ve probably heard me talk about how we manatees have “no enemies.” Well – that’s right; alligators, sharks, and all marine life bring manatees no harm at all.  However, every so often an unfortunate event happens,…

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Increasing Ocean Acidification Invading Marine Life! August 1, 2018

Carbon dioxide emissions are killing off coral reefs and kelp forests as heat waves and ocean acidification continue damaging marine ecosystems. Greetings!  In some of my previous blogs, I’ve been talking about the extremely harmful effects of ocean acidification. Ocean acidification occurs as the result of greenhouse gases [carbon dioxide – CO2] created from human activity, being…

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Are Coral Reefs Getting Sick from Plastic? July 18, 2018

Plastic bottles and wrappers are now littering coral reefs. A new study indicates the plastic is causing significant damage.  Michael O’Neill/Science Source Greetings!  I’m sure you heard the sobering news on how quickly plastic pollution is piling up in our precious ocean. Millions of tons of plastic trash float to the bottom of the ocean each…

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Soaring Global Heat Records Set! July 9, 2018

During the first week of July 2018, the Northern Hemisphere recorded its hottest weather ever. Greetings!  Unfortunately, once again I bring you some more sobering news of global warming, and climate change as numerous worldwide heat records were recently set. During the first week of July 2018, the Northern Hemisphere recorded its hottest weather ever. Nick Humphrey,…

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Global Manatee Interest Soars – Thanks to China’s “Chimelong Ocean Kingdom” Winner of 5 Guinness World Records! June 27, 2018

Visitors enjoying the Chimelong Ocean Kingdom theme park in Zhuhai, China. Photo: Stefan Zwanzger Greetings! Here’s some record-breaking news that really makes a BIG Splash for you… …The Chimelong Ocean Kingdom theme park located in Zhuhai, China is considered the world’s largest aquarium! It has “seven salt and fresh water aquariums,” holding a total of “12.87 million gallons of…

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Red Tide – A Manatee’s Unfortunate Reality June 13, 2018

Harmful algal blooms known as HABs become present when groups of algae known as Karenia brevis grow out of control producing toxic effects on manatees (marine mammals), people, fish, shellfish and birds. These HABs are also known as Red Tide because of their reddish color. Greetings! You’ve probably read some of my previous blogs on manatees and…

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