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GHRI Shark Tracking Website Featured on Swedish News Website

A Swedish news website featured a story about mako shark 'I-NSU' who is showing unusual movement patterns in the Atlantic ocean, driving thousands of hits to the GHRI website.   

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Billfish Tournament

By Sue Cocking The Miami Herald

Marlin release highlights tourney

The D & D, owned and skippered by Danny Massa won top team honors in Saturday’s one-day Fort Lauderdale Billfish Tournament with six sailfish releases. The four-man team aboard Ray Crawford’s Master Plan was runner-up in the billfish division with Roland Crawford’s release of a blue marlin estimated at 100 pounds.

A New Day topped the funfish division with 82 pounds of dolphin, including a 29.2-pounder caught by John Auerbach.


Cracking mysteries of sharks

By Arelis R. Hernández, Staff Writer

Experts’ aim: Educate communities on coast about imperiled predators

She prefers t osummer in the glistening waters off Cape Cod. But come December, Katharine the great white shark travels more than a thousand miles to another tourist destination: Daytona Beach.

The 14-foot, 2-ton female is one of dozens of large marine predators scientists are now tracking—using satellite tags affixed to their dorsal fins—to peer into secret lives of sharks and their dramatic journeys north and south along the East Coast.


Wet Suits: Scuba diving lawyers

Art Levy | 12/20/2013

David Black was 7 the first time he saw someone pull on a wet suit and jump into the Atlantic Ocean. Right then, scuba diving became his dream. Whenever someone asked him what he wanted to do when he grew up, Black said he planned to move to the Caribbean and become a diving instructor.

Oh, and he also wanted to be a lawyer.Divebar

Black followed through on both ambitions. After college, he moved to Grand Cayman and taught diving for a year before returning to the U.S. and enrolling at the Boston University School of Law.

Now a 32-year-old associate at Berger Singerman in Fort Lauderdale, Black still dives — as many as three times a month — and usually with fellow members of DiveBar, a 2-year-old south Florida-based group that calls itself the “first underwater Bar association for legal professionals.”


Portuguese man-of-war (and their stings) return

By David Fleshler, Sun Sentinel
7:37 p.m. EST, February 3, 2014

Come to South Florida and experience the sun, the surf, the venomous tentacles of the Portuguese man-of-war.
It's the season for stinging blobs that resemble jellyfish to wash ashore, and purple warning flags were flying Monday at beaches in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.Man-of-war

The Portuguese man-of-war tends to be found off South Florida from late fall to early spring, said Charles Messing, professor at Nova Southeastern University's Oceanographic Center. When winds blow strongly toward shore, as they have in the past few days, the beaches become littered with the translucent gas bladders that are their most prominent feature (until they sting you).


Research on Coral Hybridization at the Oceanographic Center

Abigail Renegar discusses coral hybridization with KTOO, a PBS station in Juneau, Alaska.


Florida's coral reefs make a comeback

William E. Gibson, Washington Bureau
5:37 p.m. EST, November 6, 2013

WASHINGTON — South Florida's coral reefs, a natural wonder worth more than $6 billion to the local economy, appear to be rebounding after decades of damage, disease and deterioration.

The iconic reefs, which attract divers, boaters, marine scientists and fishermen from around the world, have been spared in recent years from major storms and ship groundings, allowing them to survive and even grow offshore.

NurseryA federal study released this month brought more good news: Coral reefs may be able to adapt to warmer sea temperatures. That's a sign they can withstand a limited degree of gradual global warming — but only if carbon emissions are restrained to prevent unhealthy extremes.

The findings raise hope for the survival of the recreational and economic resource, just as scientists and officials gather in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday and Friday for the fifth annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit. They will assess the costs and challenges of sea-level rise and global warming.


Diving with the Coral Doctor - By David W. Shaw


It’s a beautiful autumn afternoon on the beach in South Florida’s Fort Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Surfers enjoy the waves. Swimmers frolic in the warm water. On Anglin’s Fishing Pier, also known as Commercial Pier, fishing buffs go for snook, croaker, mackerel and cobia. About 200 yards offshore, a dive boat bobs in the swells, and Richard Dodge, dean of the Oceanographic Center of Nova Southeastern University in Hollywood, Fla., plunges into the sea to check on one of the university’s coral nurseries. “When I’m diving, I’m doing it for work, but it’s still fun. The reefs are beautiful,” Dodge says. “There are so many different kinds of animals and plants. It’s all very exciting, but for me the fascination is truly in working to better understand how these ecosystems function.”



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