or every flower bud you’ve seen this spring, tens of thousands of creatures were born beneath the green waves of the Gulf of Mexico.
One of the most profound explosions of life to be found on the planet is occurring right now, with all manner of sea creatures – crabs, shrimp, fish, jellyfish, anything that swims – hatching out and drifting on the ocean currents.
via Billions of babies are hatching out right now in the Gulf of Mexico | AL.com.
Alabama Marine Patrol officers know at least two things will happen when they hit the water this Memorial Day weekend. One, some people will be really happy to see them. Two, some people will be really unhappy to see them.
Experience suggests that they’ll provide assistance to some people who run out of gas, get lost or experience breakdowns. But they’ll also hand out a number of expensive citations to boaters who fail to follow safety laws, who operate their vessels while intoxicated, or who otherwise present a danger to others on the water.
via Marine Patrol urges safe boating on big holiday weekend | AL.com.
Apparently, that line of storms that moved along the Gulf Coast last Thursday night did more than threaten the Hangout Music Fest: It actually generated a small tsunami.
Tim Coleman, a meteorologist and adjunct professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, has posted a report saying that off the coast of Louisiana, the storm system’s air pressure changes and winds generated a type of large ocean wave called a meteotsunami. (The name just means a tsunami caused by weather, as opposed to the more common type created by an earthquake.)
via A tsunami on the Gulf Coast? Yes, that just happened | AL.com.
This is a special edition of Take 5. All this week, we’re talking about hurricane preparation in anticipation of the hurricane season. Joining us is nationally-known home improvement expert and the host of Today’s Homeowner, Danny Lipford. Today’s homeowner is seen on WKRG and the CW55.
via Preparing for a Hurricane That’s in the Gulf of Mexico.
WEAR — Pensacola saw a successful second Lionfish Day this past weekend.
Fisherman in Pensacola caught 8,089 lionfish in only two days at the Gulf Coast Lionfish Coalition Tournament, May 14-15.
via Whopping number of lionfish caught off Pensacola | WEAR.
DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (WPMI) — Most college students are out for summer break already, but several students are back in the classroom at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.
They’re summer university program started Monday.
For the next twelve weeks, students will be able to pack in lectures, field work and exams.
via Dauphin Island Sea Lab inaugurates summer university program | WPMI.
WPMI — The summer season is almost here and many of you will be heading to the water to keep cool. Whether you have plans to go to the beach, a pool or even a lake, water safety should be a top priority.
via ABC’s of water safety as the summer approaches | WPMI.
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The second annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness Festival wraps up on Sunday. The two-day spearfishing tournament ended on Saturday.
Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission say 6,725 lionfish total were removed from the Gulf.
via Lionfish Removal and Awareness Festival a success – FOX10 News | WALA.
The 2nd Annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness wrapped up this Sunday in Pensacola.
And this year the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the invasive fish came in bigger and more plentiful than ever before.
Charles Mayling set a new record for largest Lionfish trapped in Florida, with one that was 17.5 inches.
via Lionfish Likely to Stay in Gulf.
The search resumed at first light this (Sunday) morning for Samantha Broberg, the 33-year-old mother of four who fell from a cruise ship into the Gulf of Mexico.
Surveillance video showed Broberg falling from the 10th deck of the Carnival Cruse ship Liberty around 2:00 am Friday morning.
via Search Resumes For Missing Cruise Passenger.
In the 10 years since the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany was intentionally sunk in the Gulf of Mexico near Pensacola, it has become both a top international dive destination and an underwater memorial to thousands of veterans who served on the famed carrier that is now the world’s largest artificial reef.
via 10 years later, Oriskany reef an international dive destination.
Every now and again, if you are lucky, you catch a glimpse of a creature you’ve never seen before. Or even imagined.I had such a moment 50 feet underwater on Wednesday, when I spied a freckled guitarfish, which sounds, and looks, like an imaginary animal from the world of Dr. Suess.
via The bizarre freckled guitarfish, seldom seen in our coastal waters, may be in decline due to shrimping | AL.com.
Alabama representative Jim Patterson is asking Governor Bentley to call a special session to further discuss the BP oil spill settlement.
Patterson says lawmakers owe it to the taxpayers to utilize all the money coming from the settlement.
He says he wants to fully fund Medicaid and repay the rainy day fund, even if it means not being able to complete the beach express in Baldwin County and Highway 98 in Mobile.
via Patterson calls for special session | WPMI.
WEAR — A race across the Gulf of Mexico is now under way.
Sixteen sailboats set off from Pensacola Bay at noon on Wednesday, on the “Regata al Sol.”
They’re racing 555 miles to Isla Mujeres, off the Yucatan coast.
The race is organized by yacht clubs in Pensacola and Mexico. The race is expected to take just over a week.
via Sailboats race across the Gulf | WEAR.
WEAR — Known for their ornate beauty and venemous spine, the lionfish is a skilled hunter.
With no natural predators, lionfish are free to roam and hunt as they please.
That’s why researchers like UWF Assistant Professor Dr. Jeff Eble insists it’s up to us to stop them.
via Lionfish roundup in the Gulf | WEAR.
People here on the Gulf Coast love to red snapper fish. And they think federal restrictions on red snapper fishing are an extremely important issue for our area. Those are the results of the latest News-5/Strategy Research Poll.
via Poll: Even People Who Don’t Fish Red Snapper Say Issue is Critical.
Red snapper season is right around the corner and this year you can get paid to reel them in.
It’s another short season for recreational anglers. Just like last year, the recreational season is only nine days starting on June 1. This is making some anglers and even Congressman Bradley Byrne upset.
“They may feel kind of disconnected from the management process and don’t like the nine day fishing season,” said Matt Catalano, assistant professor for the School of Fisheries at Auburn.
via Get PAID BIG for reeling in red snapper this season – FOX10 News | WALA.
News 5 has received a special copy of the full-length trailer for “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage,” the World War II epic filmed in Mobile and Baldwin counties last year.
The film, starring Nicolas Cage, Tom Sizemore and Thomas Jane, is considered the biggest to ever be shot in Mobile.
The trailer is lengthy at three and a half minutes, telling the story of “the worst naval disaster in American history.”
via WATCH: Official Trailer for “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage”.
In their all-out war against invasive lionfish, Pensacola-area fishermen, divers and environmental groups are using everything from fillet knives to festivals as weapons.
via Roundups, festivals, workshops target lionfish.
Love makes sheepshead vulnerable.
Not emotionally vulnerable in the human sense of falling for the wrong guy hook, line and sinker. More in the mortal danger sense, which for fish means getting hooked by an actual hook, line and sinker dangling in the water.
via The great Alabama sheepshead love-in, when all the ocean turns amorous | AL.com.
The Gulf Coast Lionfish Coalition is asking for your help.
Lionfish are not native to the Gulf Coast and can cause damage to fisheries and the environment. They don’t have any known predators in our area.
via Lionfish removal day aims to reduce presence of non-native speci – FOX10 News | WALA.
It was a busy day at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS) in Gulfport…but then again, they’ve been busy for years.
Six years after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, and veterinarians like Debra Moore are still learning more about how the spill impacts marine wildlife. Dolphins are among the most impacted.
via Numbers Show Surprising Impact to Animals from Oil Spill.
A vote in the Alabama House could come as early as next week on how to use the state’s remaining BP Oil Spill settlement funds.
BP is set to pay the state about $53 million a year for the next 18 years.
Lawmakers propose borrowing against those payments to create about 650 million-dollars for immediate spending. Those from coastal Alabama propose a significant portion go to Baldwin and Mobile Counties where the entirety of the environmental damages, and the majority of economic damages from the oil spill took place.
via Treasurer Opposes Push to Keep Most BP Money on Coast.
We can never replace the lives lost in the Deepwater Horizon explosion or the turmoil it caused coastal business owners struggling to stay afloat in the months that followed, but 6 years later, the scientific studies surfacing paint a more positive picture of the gulf.
“Often we’re writing an obituary about the gulf, but in reality, we should celebrate the fact that we got hit hard and the United States Government, academia, and even BP has done a great job post-spill,” Scientist Chris Reddy said.
via Scientist: BP Oil Spill Research Shouldn’t Be Like ‘writing an obituary’.
The upcoming hurricane season could be busier than the past three.
That’s according to researchers at Colorado State University, who released their 33rd annual hurricane season forecast this week.
The report, written by CSU’s Philip Klotzbach with an assist by veteran hurricane forecaster William Gray, suggests the Atlantic will have a near-average season in 2016.
via Hurricane season 2016: First forecast from CSU predicts an average Atlantic season | AL.com.
El Nino appears to be on the way out, but another climate phenomenon may be waiting to take its place.
A group of researchers including the National Weather Service issued a La Nina watch this week in its monthly report updating El Nino’s status.
A watch is issued when conditions are favorable for the development of La Nina in the next six months, according to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.
via El Nino 2016: Watching for the rise of La Nina | AL.com.
In recent years studies have linked Adult Dolphin illnesses and deaths to ongoing effects of the oil spill. Now researches are finding when the mother Dolphins are sick the babies suffer as well.
Baby Dolphins, in the womb or newborn, have struggled on the Gulf Coast in the shadow of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. A new study from NOAA found Baby Dolphins in our area are a staggering 18 times more likely to suffer from fetal distress leading to death.
via Study: Oil Spill Continuing to Kill Baby Dolphins – FOX10 News | WALA.
FOX10 News | WALA
Gulf Coast fishermen could see their days of catching red snapper shrink even more than 2014’s record low of nine.
U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (R-AL) told News 5 that this year’s quota is not sufficient for recreational anglers who fish in the Gulf of Mexico. Byrne says, “a week or a week and a half is just not enough time to fish.”
via Fishermen May See A Shortened Red Snapper Season.
On Saturday, Mobile’s GulfQuest museum will offer interested viewers an early look at “Dispatches from the Gulf,” a new documentary on the Gulf of Mexico’s recovery following the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
On Saturday, April 9, the GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf Coast will screen the film four times in the museum’s theater. Showtimes are 1 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:45 p.m.; normal admission prices to GulfQuest apply.
via GulfQuest to screen new Deepwater Horizon documentary Saturday | AL.com.