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  1. Gallery: More than 600 baby sea turtles released into ocean


    BOCA RATON— It was a turtle emancipation.

    Loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings are packed into containers at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center before being taken to a U.S. Coast Guard vessel for release, Monday, July 27, 2015, in Boca Raton, Fla. More than 600 Loggerhead hatchlings, nine Green sea turtle hatchlings, three rehabilitated Loggerhead post-hatchling and one Hawksbill post-hatchling sea turtle were released onto free-floating sargassum seaweed offshore. [AP Photo  |  Wilfredo Lee]
  2. Sockeye salmon dying from heat in Columbia River


    Perishing population

    Sockeye salmon dying from heat in Columbia River

  3. Gov. Rick Scott as environmental champion? Yes, says foundation headed by developer


    Gov. Rick Scott, whose administration has pushed to open the parks to cattle grazing and timber harvesting, offered polluters ways to get out of fines and sharply cut back staffing and regulations designed to protect Florida's natural resources, is getting an award for being a friend to the environment.

    This year the Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida is giving its annual conservation award to Gov. Rick Scott and his wife, Ann. The foundation executive director, Brett Boston, said the award had no name. In 2013, though, when Boston, left, presented the trophy to Bass Pro Shop founder Johnny Morris, the award had a name: the BlueGreen Award for Conservation Leadership in Florida. [Bass Pro Shops]
  4. New hunt for oil in Florida raises environmental concerns


    MIAMI — Renewed hunts for oil in sensitive Florida ecosystems have environmental groups raising questions about the state's regulation of the oil and gas industry.

    An oil pump sits on Pad 2 in the Racoon Point Oil Field in Big Cypress National Preserve. Renewed hunts for oil in Florida’s sensitive ecosystems have environ-mental groups raising  questions about the state’s regulation of the oil and gas industry.
  5. Maine fisherman finds bright orange lobster; his 2nd rarity


    RAYMOND, Maine — A Maine lobsterman has caught a rare bright orange lobster, the second time he's pulled an odd-colored crustacean from state waters.

    A rare bright orange lobster shares the tank with regular lobsters at the Fishermens Catch Seafood restaurant in Raymond, Maine, on Thursday. Bill Coppersmith, of Windham, Maine, caught the crustacean on Wednesday. Robert Bayer, executive director of The Lobster Institute at the University of Maine, says the odds of catching an orange lobster are one in several million. Coppersmith caught a white lobster in 1997; a one-in-100 million catch. [Associated Press]
  6. St. Louis developers buying Raytheon site in St. Petersburg


    ST. PETERSBURG — After at least seven years on the market, lawsuits, angry neighbors and a toxic plume, the long-vacant Raytheon facility is about to get new life.

  7. Babyface the dolphin improving after suffering deep propeller cuts in John's Pass


    MADEIRA BEACH — MADEIRA BEACH — There's cautiously good news about the injured bottlenose dolphin swimming around John's Pass with a badly lacerated back: Babyface seems to be improving.

    This female bottlenose dolphin, spotted last week around John's Pass, seems to be improving from grave propeller injuries. [Photo: Clearwater Marine Aquarium]
  8. World mayors at Vatican seek 'bold climate agreement'

    Global Warming

    VATICAN CITY — Dozens of mayors from around the world demanded Tuesday that their national leaders take bold steps at the Paris climate talks this year, saying that could be the last chance to keep the Earth's warming to levels still safe for humanity.

    Pope Francis delivers his speech in the Synod Hall during a conference on Modern Slavery and Climate Change at the Vatican, Tuesday. Dozens of environmentally friendly mayors from around the world are meeting at the Vatican this week to bask in the star power of eco-Pope Francis and commit to reducing global warming and helping the urban poor deal with its effects. [AP photo]
  9. Black bear eats 20-pound bag of dog food then naps on lawn (w/video)


    Bob Cross, who works for Critter Capture Services in Lake Mary, is used to rounding up snakes, raccoons — anything that can be a nuisance animal.

    Bob Cross of Critter Capture Services made several photos of a black bear that ate a 20-pound bag of dog food in Lake Mary on Saturday. [Bob Cross photo via WTVT]
  10. St. Pete Beach bomb isn't the strangest thing to wash up on a Florida beach


    The World War II-era flash bomb that washed ashore in St. Pete Beach over the weekend may be the noisiest thing to hit Florida shores since Spring Break, and it's certainly not the …

    This 2012 photo made available by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shows a giant eyeball from a mysterious sea creature that washed ashore and was found by a man walking the beach in Pompano Beach. [AP Photo]