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Outdoors news and notes: New suit sends injured turtle on straight path

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New Suit sends Injured Turtle on straight path

Turtle rescuers near South Padre Island, Texas, have demonstrated the first fin suit designed to allow a green sea turtle that lost three of its flippers to finally swim a straight line. On Wednesday, workers at Sea Turtle Inc. strapped Allison, a 5-year-old turtle, into a neoprene "ninja" suit that holds a carbon-fiber fin in place on her back. The fin acts as a rudder, allowing her to propel herself forward with her lone flipper. The success follows failed attempts last year to fit her with a prosthetic rear flipper. Before today, Allison could only swim in tight circles with her one flipper, the result, rescuers believe, of a shark attack.

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Be informed friend of the feathered

Do you know what to do if you find a sick or injured bird? Marion Eslick of the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary will talk about bird rescue and rehabilitation at the Lake Maggiore Environmental Education Center in Boyd Hill Nature Park at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Eslick will also talk about what happens to sick birds from the time they are admitted to the moment they are released. The seminar is free. For information, call (727) 893-7326.

March of kingfish events is on

Kingfish season is cranking up, and you can test your skills in one of the area's first tournaments. Billy's Stone Crab Spring King Fish event is Saturday with a weigh-in at 3 at the restaurant in Tierra Verde. Registration and the captains' meeting is from 5 to 9 tonight at the restaurant in Tierra Verde. The cost is $100 per boat. For information, call (727) 458-6731 or (727) 542-9000. Rodney Page, Times staff writer

Tide adjustments

The charts show the rise and fall of tides measured in feet and plots the tides on a one-week timeline. Times and depth may vary depending on weather conditions. You can compute the tides from these adjustments:

North (Anclote River) High Low

Anclote Key (south end) -01:37 -00:47

Bayport +01:13 +01:39

Cedar Key +01:16 +01:03

Crystal River, Florida Power +01:13 +01:33

Hudson, Hudson Creek +00:06 +00:01

Indian Rocks Beach (inside) +00:19 +00:10

Mangrove Point, Crystal Bay +01:34 +01:54

Pithlachascotee River +00:18 +00:52

St. Joseph Sound -00:34 -00:42

Steinhatchee River entrance +01:33 +01:32

Suwannee River entrance +01:22 +01:21

Withlacoochee River entrance +01:23 +01:58

South (The Pier) High Low

Anna Maria, pier -02:10 -02:19

Egmont Key, Egmont channel -02:15 -03:20

Gandy Bridge +00:59 +00:57

Gulfport, Boca Ciega Bay -01:32 -01:05

John's Pass, Boca Ciega Bay -02:14 -02:04

Maderia Beach Causeway -01:32 -01:45

Mullet Key Channel (Skyway) -02:03 -02:01

Pass-a-Grille Beach -01:34 -01:30

Pinellas Point -00:22 -00:29

Redfish Point, Manatee River -00:30 -00:14

Safety Harbor +01:32 +01:34

Sarasota Bay -01:38 -00:58

Corey Causeway -01:18 -00:44

Venice Inlet (inside) -02:02 -01:38

Outdoors news and notes: New suit sends injured turtle on straight path 04/09/09 [Last modified: Thursday, April 9, 2009 9:08pm]
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