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BP oil spill, 100 days and counting

It’s been more than 100 days since the Deepwater Horizon blew up and sank to the bottom of the Gulf. Since then, an unlikely group has taken center stage – ocean researchers. Steve Newborn takes a look at the scientists behind the headlines. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/3science.mp3]

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Manatees remain at risk from underwater oil plumes

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park currently serves as home to seven manatees. Park specialist, Susan Strawbridge says every manatee at the park has faced a life-threatening challenge. As WUFT’s Brittany Thompson reports, though BP has made progress stopping the oil well from gushing, manatees remain at risk from the oil …

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Saving sea turtles through relocation

Between 500 and 700 turtle nests across the Northwest gulf coast are being dug up and re-located in an effort to protect baby sea turtles in the path of the oil spill. Though the leaking well has been plugged, there is still a lot of crude floating and coming ashore. …

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What Wes Skiles taught Florida

Wes Skiles from High Springs was an internationally recognized underwater photographer and explorer. His death on Wednesday has shocked his friends and colleagues across the state. He was pronounced dead Wednesday afternoon after his body was found at the bottom of a reef off Palm Beach Coast while filming for …

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Remembering Wes Skiles

Renowned underwater photographer Wes Skiles has died. Skiles, from High Springs was pronounced dead Wednesday afternoon after his body was found at the bottom of a reef off Palm Beach Coast. Skiles, a freelance photographer for National Geographic also owned his own production company, Karst Productions and Karst Environmental Services. …

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Saving Florida sand

The Deepwater Horizon-BP oil spill is expected to impact Gulf Coast beaches for months or possibly years. As Sandra Averhart reports, with that in mind, officials are looking at cleanup methods and equipment that minimize the amount of sand that’s being carted off along with the oil. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/savingsand.mp3]

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Tracking the oil by air

The oil has stopped spewing into the Gulf, at least for now. But the oil is still out there and spreading. Every day, crews from the Coast Guard Air Station in Clearwater are flying over the Gulf to track movement of the surface oil. Bobbie O’Brien caught a ride with …

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Despite cap on gushing oil manatees still at risk

Even though BP’s broken oil well was capped on Thursday, officials say it was a temporary fix. Research biologists continue to closely monitor marine mammals in the Gulf of Mexico. As Brittany Thompson reports, while the oil giant continues to work on two relief wells to eventually seal off the …

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First Lady makes stop in Florida Panhandle

First Lady Michelle Obama traveled to the Gulf Coast to speak with local residents and officials about the impact of the oil spill. She made a brief stop in Panama City Beach with a speech trying to lure would be travelers to visit the area. Florida Public Radio’s Trimmel Gomes …

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Open house on Seahorse Key this Saturday

Seahorse Key is a tiny island off of the coast of Florida near Cedar Key. In addition to a U-F Marine Lab, Seahorse Key is a nesting ground for Florida’s brown pelicans. As Erica Cordell reports, for the third time this year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold …

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