Our charismatic megafauna, the manatee, which is also the Florida state mammal, is in trouble, again. The manatee, or sea cow, is that large, so-ugly-it-is-cute, aquatic plant-eating, gentle giant that can weigh 1,000 pounds or more. Maintaining that size and …Read More »
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River Life: Normal is relative term when applied to water level in St. Johns
Water, water, everywhere and no place for it to go. When will the water level in the St. Johns River return to normal?
That seems to be a recurring question that I am getting more and more frequently. Normal is …Read More »
Successful search for elusive giant squid brings deep-sea explorer to Jacksonville University
Giant squid are not something you are likely to find in the St. Johns River, but these mystical creatures have fascinated me for a long time.
They were first introduced to me in my first general zoology course as a …Read More »
River Life: By whatever name, redfish tell successful conservation story
One of the most popular game fish in Northeast Florida is locally sometimes called red drum, redfish, or simply reds. I say locally and sometimes because the species goes by many other names depending on where you are and who …Read More »
River Life: The Good, Bad and Ugly of Hurricanes
It seems like there is always a hurricane somewhere in the Caribbean this time of year. So, having Hurricane Dorian here around Labor Day Weekend is pretty typical.
Hurricanes really are the good, the bad and the ugly of our …Read More »
River Life: The Mystery of Beached Whales
The recent stranding of pilot whales on St. Simons Island has once again raised the question of “why?” We wish we had an answer but we don’t. Scientists have spent decades studying whale and dolphins beaching themselves. Even with all …Read More »
River Life: The Heat Is On
Hurricanes, algae and heat: welcome to summer time in northeast Florida. This year, spring turned quickly into summer. This very hot summer exceeds anything in my memory of such extreme heat this early. We expect the heat in July and …Read More »
RIVER LIFE: Why Mudflats Are Critical to a Healthy Ecosystem
Growing up in the Tidewater region of southeastern Virginia near Norfolk, we used to play in what we called the “mudflats.” Later, in college and graduate school, I began to appreciate how important these areas were to the ecology of …Read More »
RIVER LIFE: Overwintering Ends for St. Johns River Species
By Dr. A. Quinton White
Spring is just around the corner if it isn’t here already. We had a very mild winter, which for many us was a good thing. We only had to cover our plants a couple of …Read More »
RIVER LIFE: Reef-building in the St. Johns River
By Dr. A. Quinton White
The St. Johns River is a fascinating ecological feature of Florida. It is critical to the very fabric of Jacksonville.
I often sit in amazement while observing the impact of the river on our lives, …Read More »