a group of people standing around a seal laying on a blue tarp

NEIGHBOR OF THE WEEK: THE WESTON/NORGREN FAMILY

With our Neighbor of the Week highlight on pause over the last few months due to individual spotlights like October’s Be Like Mike feature, Keys Weekly figured...
a group of fish sitting on top of a boat

FWC ISSUES SEVERAL CITATIONS DURING PATROLS OF SANCTUARY PRESERVATION AREAS

A host of citations and one arrest were made during a patrol of several Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Preservation Areas (SPA) in the Upper Keys last...
a man and woman examine a turtle on a table

TURTLE RELEASE: ‘TORTIE’ JOINS TOUR DE TURTLES WHICH MONITORS MIGRATION PATTERNS

A juvenile green sea turtle rehabilitated at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital was fitted with a satellite-tracking transmitter and released from Sombrero Beach on July 15 to...
a man holding a large lobster on a boat

4 DEATHS & MULTIPLE ARRESTS DURING WEEK OF LOBSTER MINI-SEASON IN THE FLORIDA KEYS

Issuance of warnings, citations and some advice were among several steps Monroe County Sheriff’s marine deputy Nelson Sanchez took during the start of a two-day lobster mini-season...
a group of people standing around a turtle on a beach

IN PICTURES: PAPA HEMINGWAY LOOK-ALIKES HELP TURTLES RETURN TO THE OCEAN

With three releases in seven days, the Turtle Hospital in Marathon had a busy week of returning beloved reptiles to their ocean homes. Following the release of...
a great white shark swimming in the ocean

STOP FEEDING WILD ANIMALS

Last week, a co-worker showed me a video on social media of a mother helping her son dangle a fish carcass over the back of a boat...
a group of people posing for a picture on a porch

IN PICTURES: KEYS ANIMAL CARE FACILITIES COLLABORATE IN DISASTER WORKSHOP

The brightest Keys minds in marine animal care, rescue and rehabilitation converged on Hawks Cay Resort on Aug. 12 as leaders from more than a dozen organizations...
a blacktiped shark swimming in the ocean

BREAKING: MARATHON SCUBA DIVER BITTEN BY SHARK

The Florida Keys recorded its fourth shark bite in six months when a diver was bitten while spearfishing on Sept. 6. Marathon scuba instructor Zack Winegardner was diving...
a person scubas over a coral reef with a sea urchin

AQUARIUM ENCOUNTERS JOINS REEF RENEWAL USA IN CORAL RESTORATION EFFORTS

Recent years have seen various companies throughout the Florida Keys stretch the definition of “ecotourism” as an attractive advertising buzzword. Training volunteers, and eventually tourists, to prepare nearly...
three people sitting at a table with microphones

MARINE SANCTUARY: KEY WEST WATERMEN WORRY ABOUT WATER QUALITY & LAW ENFORCEMENT

The evening of Sept. 21 found just a few dozen individuals filling the auditorium at Marathon High School for one of three in-person public comment sessions set...

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