Going green

  1. 805-pound mako shark caught on Panhandle beach


    SANTA ROSA COUNTY — A Panhandle fisherman recently reeled in quite a catch: An 11-foot, 805-pound mako shark.

    "It's unbelievable, there are people in their lifetime that will never know that type of excitement," Joey Polk said of his catch.
  2. Girl is planted in paradise on Earth Day excursion


    LARA CERRI | Times

    "This is awesome," 9-year-old Madison Batchelder of Largo said Tuesday as she photographed numerous plants and flowers in the Florida Botanical Gardens' herb section in Largo. Her father, Scott Batchelder, took her to the gardens, where she took so many photos that her Kurio Tablet battery died …

  3. Hillsborough High students release butterflies for Earth Day


    CHERIE DIEZ | Times

    Hillsborough High School students snap photos Tuesday after releasing about 80 butterflies in the school's Positive Park garden during the Earth Day celebration. The school's Environmental Awareness Club and other students joined members of the Hillsborough High alumni association for …

  4. A head start on saving the planet



    Surrounded by her classmates, Kaylee Smith, 5, a student in Maria Martinez's class, takes a turn at shoveling dirt on the roots of a newly planted orange tree during the Earth Day celebration at the Spring Hill Head Start campus. As part of Tuesday's observance, the faculty and staff worked …

  5. Springs bill advances in Senate, though stripped of funding


    A bill to help restore Florida's ailing springs passed its last committee stop in the Senate, but wound up stripped of millions in projected funding.

  6. Oil company drilling in sanctuary fined $25,000 for violation that could be fracking


    The Texas company that stirred controversy by applying to drill for oil in Florida panther habitat was doing more with one of its wells than what its state permit allowed.

  7. Tampa businesses recognized for sustainability



    Oyster shells from Anise Gastro Global Bar, once destined for a landfill, have gone back underwater to provide homes for new oysters. • The bar also put up a vertical garden earlier this month. • At Moxies Cafe, a spoon-washing station, its water constantly running, is gone. Now baristas use a …

    At home, Pham grows herbs, sugarcane, lemons and limes, which she incorporates into dishes at Bamboozle. 
  8. Argentine tegu — a large, nonnative lizard — has growing presence in Hillsborough


    RIVERVIEW — Jimmy Doane did a doubletake the first time he saw the giant lizard ambling nearby.

    “I’ve seen reports that they are taking over,” says Gary Morse. “That’s not true. They are there. They are a concern.” He says tegus are problems because they eat native plants and animals.
  9. Florida wildlife commissioners limit harvest of sea cucumbers


    Two months after they postponed a decision to regulate the harvest of one of Florida's ugliest sea creatures, state wildlife commissioners voted Wednesday to limit how many sea cucumbers can be collected.

  10. After attack, wildlife officials kill 5 bears in Florida


    LAKE MARY — After a bear mauled a woman in the driveway of her suburban Central Florida home, wildlife officials said Monday that they had killed five of the animals, who have become dangerously accustomed to humans.