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Study: Deepwater Horizon Oil Causes Heart Damage in Tuna

A new study has found that a chemical in oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill causes irregular heartbeats in bluefin and yellowfin tuna that can lead to heart …

A pilot whale breaking the surface of the Atlantic. Photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Emily Brigham.

Dangerous Waters: More Pilot Whales Stranded in Florida

UPDATED BELOW On January 22nd eight short-finned pilot whales died near Fort Myers, Florida and another six whales are unaccounted for. Pilot whales are normally deepwater creatures, and can become …

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Gulf Coast Wetlands Rapidly Declining

The Gulf of Mexico is losing more wetlands than anywhere else in the United States and it is losing them more rapidly than ever before, according to a new federal …

New App Can Save a Whale in the Southeast

Quick reporting can help save an animal’s life, but trying to find the right helpline to report injured wildlife is not always as easy as it seems. A new app …

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The Toll on Gulf Oysters

It is small and slimy, and goes down easy with a little lemon. But the oyster isn’t just a treat for seafood lovers; these humble bivalves play an essential role …

A dolphin swimming in oiled waters, 2010, in Barataria Bay, La. Photo: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries/Mandy Tumlin.

Study: Dolphins In Oiled Areas of Gulf “Very Sick”

A new peer-reviewed study makes the strongest case to date that the oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster is harming dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico. As part of the …

A brown-headed nuthatch, one of the studies indicator species. Photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Virginia Senechal.

Bioenergy and Biodiversity in the Southeast: Like Speeding in a Crowded Neighborhood?

The street to my house goes through a school zone and our neighborhood is full of kids. I have a school-aged daughter myself. I pride myself on being a safe driver. …

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Post Thanksgiving: I’m Still Thankful, Especially for Florida

It has become a Fischer family tradition to spend Thanksgiving holiday in Daytona, Florida—I’m not too sure what palm trees and the beach have to do with turkey day, but …

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Artificial Reefs: Restoration Beyond Recreation?

Over the past few decades the five Gulf States have built artificial reefs both inshore and offshore with the aim of enhancing recreational fishing and diving opportunities. State and local …

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A Great Start for Gulf Restoration

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has announced funding for 22 restoration projects in all five Gulf States. The more than $100 million comes from BP and Transocean’s criminal plea agreements …

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