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Christian Sullivan, 9, of Tampa, watches the sun during a solar eclipse party on August 21, 2017 at the Museum of Science and Industry, in Tampa, Fla. Tampa experienced a partial eclipse. MOSI will reopen after renovations on November 18, 2017.
Christian Sullivan, 9, of Tampa, watches the sun during a solar eclipse party on August 21, 2017 at the Museum of Science and Industry, in Tampa, Fla. Tampa experienced a partial eclipse. MOSI will reopen after renovations on November 18, 2017.
Published Aug. 25, 2017

Florida photos of the week for August 18 - August 25: Rescued shorebirds in Indian Shores, Claire Danes gets a hug from Goofy, two Kissimmee police officers are laid to rest, eclipse photos and more.

All photos are from the Associated Press, Getty Images or the Tampa Bay Times and were transmitted or published between August 18 and August 25.

SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times

High School students at Shorecrest Preparatory School, St. Petersburg, gaze at the solar eclipse with special glasses at Haskell Field, Monday, August 21. The glasses were provided to each student by the school.

SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times

High School students at Shorecrest Preparatory School, St. Petersburg, gaze at the solar eclipse with special glasses at Haskell Field, Monday, August 21. The glasses were provided to each student by the school.

(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Blake Davis, 10, of Coral Springs, Fla., looks through solar glasses as he watches the eclipse, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Fla.

(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Blake Davis, 10, of Coral Springs, Fla., looks through solar glasses as he watches the eclipse, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Fla.

(Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)

Kissimmee Police Chief Jeff O'Dell speaks to the media after two police officers were shot in Kissimmee, Fla., on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

(Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)

Kissimmee Police Chief Jeff O'Dell speaks to the media after two police officers were shot in Kissimmee, Fla., on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.

(Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

A police procession leaves The First Baptist Church of Orlando before the hearses carrying Kissimmee Police officer Matthew Baxter and Sgt. Sam Howard go to the cemetery, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 in Orlando, Fla.

(Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

A police procession leaves The First Baptist Church of Orlando before the hearses carrying Kissimmee Police officer Matthew Baxter and Sgt. Sam Howard go to the cemetery, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 in Orlando, Fla.

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Tampa Bay Times

Apple snail shells lay on the southern shore of Lake Seminole on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017. Despite the expenditure of more than $30 million over nearly two decades, improved water quality in Lake Seminole remains elusive. The muck that lines the bottom of the 684-acre freshwater lake keeps accumulating while the cost to remove it keeps rising. Having exhausted less drastic methods for restoring the lake, the county is about to embark on a six-year dredging project expected to cost $18.6 million.

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Tampa Bay Times

Apple snail shells lay on the southern shore of Lake Seminole on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017. Despite the expenditure of more than $30 million over nearly two decades, improved water quality in Lake Seminole remains elusive. The muck that lines the bottom of the 684-acre freshwater lake keeps accumulating while the cost to remove it keeps rising. Having exhausted less drastic methods for restoring the lake, the county is about to embark on a six-year dredging project expected to cost $18.6 million.

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Tampa Bay Times

An anhinga dries itself on the shore of Lake Seminole on Wednesday (8/23/17). Despite the expenditure of more than $30 million over nearly two decades, improved water quality in Lake Seminole remains elusive. The muck that lines the bottom of the 684-acre freshwater lake keeps accumulating while the cost to remove it keeps rising. Having exhausted less drastic methods for restoring the lake, the county is about to embark on a six-year dredging project expected to cost $18.6 million.

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Tampa Bay Times

An anhinga dries itself on the shore of Lake Seminole on Wednesday (8/23/17). Despite the expenditure of more than $30 million over nearly two decades, improved water quality in Lake Seminole remains elusive. The muck that lines the bottom of the 684-acre freshwater lake keeps accumulating while the cost to remove it keeps rising. Having exhausted less drastic methods for restoring the lake, the county is about to embark on a six-year dredging project expected to cost $18.6 million.

MORE PHOTOS: Photographer Doug Clifford captures the beauty of Lake Seminole in advance of a major dredging project

JIM DAMASKE | Tampa Bay Times

Swaddled in small towels two sick Red Knots, a migratory shorebird, recuperate at the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary in Indian Shores. The two are part of the 10 they have seen at the sanctuary so far that were recovered on Sand Kay and Belleair Beach. Four of those 10 have succumbed to whatever is making them ill. Other rescuers have seen more dead shorebirds on north Pinellas beaches including eight on Caladesi.

JIM DAMASKE | Tampa Bay Times

Swaddled in small towels two sick Red Knots, a migratory shorebird, recuperate at the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary in Indian Shores. The two are part of the 10 they have seen at the sanctuary so far that were recovered on Sand Kay and Belleair Beach. Four of those 10 have succumbed to whatever is making them ill. Other rescuers have seen more dead shorebirds on north Pinellas beaches including eight on Caladesi.

READ THE STORY: Possible toxin kills 14 shore birds, sickens another dozen in northern Pinellas

LOREN ELLIOTT | Tampa Bay Times

Jameis Winston (3) encourages James Gauntt, 13, during a post-practice experience for Special Olympics Florida athletes at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017.

LOREN ELLIOTT | Tampa Bay Times

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (93) dances with young fan Brooklyn Valentin, 4, during practice at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017.

LOREN ELLIOTT | Tampa Bay Times

Jameis Winston (3) encourages James Gauntt, 13, during a post-practice experience for Special Olympics Florida athletes at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017.

LOREN ELLIOTT | Tampa Bay Times

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (93) dances with young fan Brooklyn Valentin, 4, during practice at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017.

LOREN ELLIOTT | Tampa Bay Times

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (93) carries young fan Brooklyn Valentin, 4, off the field after dancing with her during practice at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017.

LOREN ELLIOTT | Tampa Bay Times

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (93) carries young fan Brooklyn Valentin, 4, off the field after dancing with her during practice at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017.

(Photo by Matt Stroshane/Disney Parks via Getty Images)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - AUGUST 23: In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG award-winning actress Claire Danes enjoys the dog days of summer with Goofy at Magic Kingdom Park August 23, 2017 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The actress took some time in between projects to vacation at Walt Disney World Resort.

(Photo by Matt Stroshane/Disney Parks via Getty Images)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - AUGUST 23: In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG award-winning actress Claire Danes enjoys the dog days of summer with Goofy at Magic Kingdom Park August 23, 2017 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The actress took some time in between projects to vacation at Walt Disney World Resort.

SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times

Fisherman John Belez, Brandon, tries his luck in the waters of Tampa Bay off of Ft. DeSoto Park, Wednesday, 8/23/17. Belez said the fishing was slow because of the heat. "You've got to start early in the day," he said. Belez said he caught two red fish last week when it was cooler in the same spot. The Sunshine Skyway Bridge can be seen in the background. "I'm staying below the water to stay cool," he said.

SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times

Fisherman John Belez, Brandon, tries his luck in the waters of Tampa Bay off of Ft. DeSoto Park, Wednesday, 8/23/17. Belez said the fishing was slow because of the heat. "You've got to start early in the day," he said. Belez said he caught two red fish last week when it was cooler in the same spot. The Sunshine Skyway Bridge can be seen in the background. "I'm staying below the water to stay cool," he said.

LARA CERRI | Tampa Bay Times

People cast shadows as they walk through the "Truth" sculpture in Vinoy Park at sunset Thursday, August 24, 2017. Commissioned in 1980 and installed in May of 1982, the 20-foot by 18-foot steel sculpture was made by Rolf Brommelsick.

LARA CERRI | Tampa Bay Times

People cast shadows as they walk through the "Truth" sculpture in Vinoy Park at sunset Thursday, August 24, 2017. Commissioned in 1980 and installed in May of 1982, the 20-foot by 18-foot steel sculpture was made by Rolf Brommelsick.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Tampa Bay Times

Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Steve Pearce (28) makes the diving catch on the fly ball by Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Logan Morrison (7) to end the first inning of the game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Tampa Bay Times

Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Steve Pearce (28) makes the diving catch on the fly ball by Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Logan Morrison (7) to end the first inning of the game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017.

CHRIS URSO | Tampa Bay Times

Sheron Pasco, 39, right, along with her mother Tranda Webb, 62, pose for a photograph Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017 at their home in Port Richey. Pasco's former boyfriend John Riggins is accused of dousing Pasco with gasoline and setting her on fire after an argument on July 5, 2016 in St. Petersburg. Pasco has suffered burns over 60 percent of her body.

CHRIS URSO | Tampa Bay Times

Sheron Pasco, 39, right, along with her mother Tranda Webb, 62, pose for a photograph Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017 at their home in Port Richey. Pasco's former boyfriend John Riggins is accused of dousing Pasco with gasoline and setting her on fire after an argument on July 5, 2016 in St. Petersburg. Pasco has suffered burns over 60 percent of her body.

READ THE STORY: Despite pain, woman in court faces ex-boyfriend who lit her on fire

Check out previous Florida Photos of the Week posts: August 18, 2017

Tim Rozgonyi

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