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New Decals drum support for wildlife

How about a holiday gift that pays big dividends for Florida wildlife? The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has issued new $5 decals that celebrate the manatees and sea turtles that thrived 500 years ago when Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon landed on the peninsula he named La Florida, land of flowers. You can order the decals online at myfwc.com or pick one up at the local tax collector's office. Your donation supports the research, rescue, rehabilitation and management efforts for these iconic Florida residents. Manatees and sea turtles were among the animals and reptiles encountered by de Leon, who designated a cluster of islands 70 miles west of Key West as Las Tortugas because of the high number of sea turtles. The islands of Dry Tortugas National Park and many other Florida beaches provide nesting opportunities for loggerhead and green turtles, which come back year after year to lay eggs. Today, the manatee is the state's designated marine mammal, and the loggerhead sea turtle is the state's saltwater reptile.

Naples angler gets huge gray snapper

Another pending world record was recently caught in Florida: Dr. Jan Forszpaniak was fishing with guide Tom Robinson out of his hometown of Naples on Nov. 21 when he caught and released a gray snapper that was nearly 23 inches long. Forszpaniak already holds the all-tackle length record for gray snapper set earlier in this year, when he boated one nearly 21 inches. Forszpaniak's latest fish hit a threadfin herring and was boated, measured, and released alive after the fight.

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Solunar chart

AM PM

Minor Major Minor Major

12/20 7:20 1:10 7:50 1:35

12/21 8:10 2:00 8:35 2:20

12/22 8:55 2:45 9:25 3:10

12/23 9:45 3:35 10:10 3:55

12/24 10:30 4:20 10:55 4:40

12/25 11:20 5:10 11:45 5:30

12/26 0 5:50 12:00 6:15

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

North (Anclote River) High Low

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

Madeira Beach Causeway -01:32 -01:45

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

South (The Pier) High Low

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 12/19/13 [Last modified: Thursday, December 19, 2013 7:33pm]
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