1. A necropsy will be conducted by the Sunken Gardens veterinarian team to determine how Mac the snapping turtle died.
  2. In this April 2, 2020, file photo, a manatee comes up for air is it swims in the Stranahan River, in Fort Lauderdale. Manatees are starving to death by the hundreds along Florida's east coast because algae blooms and contaminants are killing the sea grass the beloved sea mammals eat, a wildlife official told a Florida House committee on Tuesday.
  3. In this June 10, 2020 file photo, cattle occupy a feedlot in Columbus, Neb. Frustrated with persistently low prices, ranchers and others in the beef industry are moving to reverse decades of consolidation and planning to open new slaughterhouses. The plants will be smaller than those owned by the four beef company giants that now slaughter over 80 percent of the nation's cattle. That has led to some skepticism about whether the new plants will succeed.
  4. “I never thought I’d be up and picking up trash at 7 a.m. on a Thursday morning,” joked volunteer Melissa Hewett, 24, of Largo, as she worked at Clearwater's Eddie C. Moore Complex on Thursday. “It is crazy how much garbage is out here. Especially right in front of a garbage can.”
  5. A man fishes Monday off the rocky shore along the Clearwater Harbor from Sand Key Park in Clearwater.
  6. This aerial photo shows beachgoers as workers in protective suits continue to clean the contaminated beach in Huntington Beach, Calif., on Monday.
  7. Fresh stone crab claws are for sale at Frenchy's Stone Crab Co. in Palm Harbor. Crab season runs Oct. 15-May 1, two weeks shorter than in past years, and the state has upped the claw size minimum to combat overfishing.
  8. The "House on Fire" ruins is part of Bears Ears National Monument, a protected area that was shrunk under President Donald Trump and now restored by President Biden.
  9. Goliath grouper hover around an artificial reef off Jupiter during spawning in September 2012. A proposal to lift a 31-year ban on killing goliath grouper was approved Wednesday by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
  10. Ralph Heath in 2005 with a brown pelican, one of 56 that went to Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary after being displaced when Hurricane Dennis swept through the Florida Panhandle.
  11. Ted Bowman, design engineer with Tsunami Products, installs a unit in homeowner Don Johnson's backyard in Benicia, Calif. The air-to-water systems work like air conditioners by using coils to chill air, then collect water drops in a basin.
  12. Cargo vessels anchor offshore Tuesday, sharing space with oil platforms, before heading into the Los Angeles-Long Beach port, A ship’s anchor may have hooked, dragged and torn an underwater pipeline Friday off Huntington Beach, spilling tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil into the ocean.
  13. Goran K Hansson, permanent secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, center, announces the winners of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry on Wednesday in Stockholm, Sweden. Hansson is flanked at left by Professor Pernilla Wittung-Stafhede and at right by Professor Peter Somfai.
  14. An aerial drone photo of Sand Key looking north towards Indian Rocks Beach taken on Sept. 2.
  15. This undated still image taken from video and provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology shows an ivory-billed woodpecker. Last week, the U.S. government declared the ivory-billed woodpecker, which once thrived in Florida, extinct — though some still hope it has survived and evaded human detection. (Cornell Lab of Ornithology via AP)
  16. Winners of the 2021 Nobel Prize in physics were displayed during an announcement Tuesday morning in Stockholm, Sweden. Seated, at center, Secretary General of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Goran Hansson, flanked by Nobel committee members Thors Hans Hansson, left, and John Wettlaufer, right.
  17. An aerial photo shows the closed beach after oil washed up on Huntington Beach, Calif., on Monday. A major oil spill off the coast of Southern California fouled popular beaches and killed wildlife while crews scrambled Sunday, to contain the crude before it spread further into protected wetlands.
  18. Thomas Perlmann, Secretary of the Nobel Assembly and the Nobel Committee, announces the winners of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine during a press conference at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, on Monday. The Nobel Prize in the field of physiology or medicine has been awarded to U.S. scientists David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian. They were cited for their discovery of receptors for temperature and touch. The winners were announced Monday by Thomas Perlmann, secretary-general of the Nobel Committee.
  19. Oil is shown washed up in Huntington Beach, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. One of the largest oil spills in recent Southern California history fouled popular beaches and killed wildlife while crews scrambled Sunday to contain the crude before it spread further into protected wetlands.
  20. Michael Williams scans the shoreline for moose Sept. 14 while traveling up the Yukon River near Stevens Village, Alaska. For the first time in memory, both king and chum salmon have dwindled to almost nothing, and the state has banned salmon fishing on the Yukon. The remote communities that dot the river and live off its bounty are desperate and doubling down on moose and caribou hunts in the waning days of fall.
  21. A rope swing, docked kayaks and people wading along the Weeki Wachee River bank are factors that have contributed to erosion and damage to vegetation.
  22. Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate, right, speaks at the start of a three-day Youth for Climate summit in Milan, Italy, Tuesday. Sitting at left is Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
  23. An endangered 4-month-old Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle. [FILE PHOTO]