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Photo from above looking down on two people leaning over the edge of a boat in shallow water with a turtle in the water.
December 31, 2018

Releasing a loggerhead with radio tag

A loggerhead sea turtle, outfitted with a popoff ADL package (orange item on the turtle’s back), is released by New England Aquarium Biologist Nick Whitney.

Manatee Health Assessment
December 6, 2018

Manatee Health Assessment

USGS conducts a health assessment on a mantee in Crystal River, Florida.

A broken foundation where the Cape San Blas house stood
November 4, 2018

A broken slab is all that's left of Fish Inn after Hurricane Michael

A broken concrete foundation and some shattered floor tiles were all that remained of the sea turtle researchers' field station and home base after Category Four Hurricane Michael struck Cape San Blas on Oct. 10, 2018.

A deeply eroded sand dune at Cape San Blas, Florida
October 16, 2018

Hurricane Michael cut deep into Panhandle dunes

A deeply eroded sand dune on the beach at Cape San Blas shows Hurricane Michael's impact on parts of the Florida Panhandle shoreline.

A house destroyed by Hurricane Michael on Cape San Blas, Florida
October 15, 2018

Hurricane Michael destroyed many houses on Cape San Blas, Florida

A beach house in Cape San Blas, Florida destroyed by Hurricane Michael, which struck the Florida Panhandle as a Category Four storm Oct. 10, 2018.

One-story yellow concrete block house in Cape San Blas, Florida
October 9, 2018

Fish Inn, the scientists' field station, before Hurricane Michael

For ten years, this yellow concrete block house in Cape San Blas, Florida, dubbed Fish Inn, was the seasonal office, laboratory and living quarters for a team of USGS sea turtle researchers during their field season from November till April.

A turtle with a radio tag on its back swims through a shallow water environment with boat behind it.
June 27, 2018

Loggerhead sea turtle with radio tag

Underwater view of a loggerhead turtle being released with newly installed popoff ADL package (orange item on turtle’s back).

Sea turtle on the deck of a boat has a radio device on its shell.
June 27, 2018

Loggerhead ready for action

A loggerhead sea turtle is outfitted with a popoff ADL package (orange item affixed to turtle’s back) waiting in the boat to be released.

1985-2018 Lion fish invasion. Ecosystems Mission Area. Wetlands and Aquatic Research Center
May 16, 2018

1985-2018 Lionfish Invasion

Lionfish invasion (1985-2018). Lionfish invaded US Atlantic coastal waters, the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico with unprecedented, alarming speed. Though reports of sightings date back to the 1980s, it is only recently that the species has exploded in numbers and range. In fact, the lionfish invasion is the 

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Manatee Health Assessment
February 1, 2018

Manatee Health Assessment

USGS conducts a health assessment on a mantee in Crystal River, Florida.

An image of federal and state workers and volunteers rescuing a large sea turtle and carrying it down a side walk.
January 31, 2018

Rescuing Sea Turtles from the Cold

USGS scientists Daniel Catizone (left) and David Seay (center) joined federal and state workers and volunteers in rescuing an estimated 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles, making this the second largest sea turtle rescue of the 21st century. Photo by Margaret Lamont, USGS

A USGS scientist measures a rescued sea turtle while in a boat
January 31, 2018

Rescuing Sea Turtles from the Cold

USGS scientist Margaret Lamont measures a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle recovered from the cold waters of St. Joseph Bay. Rescued sea turtles are weighed, measured andmarked with an identifier, and are examined to determine if they need medical attention. Photo by USGS.