Feb. 23: Mote Science Café in Boca Grande to focus on human impacts of red tide

Florida red tide is caused by naturally occurring algae, and when its concentrations exceed normal “background” levels, people can experience varying degrees of eye, nose and throat irritation while at the shore or on the water. Many factors, including algae distribution, currents and winds, can determine whether effects are noticeable.

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Podcast: Blue hole explorer

Jim Culter, Manager of the Benthic Ecology Program at Mote, is a technical cave diver who ventures where few dare to go: into Florida’s underwater caves and sinkholes called blue holes. Jim tells Joe and Hayley what he’s learning, as the leader of the first scientific expeditions to several blue holes off west Florida. Also, Joe interrupts Hayley incessantly.

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Feeding wild dolphins can hurt them, new study says

Wild dolphins are more likely to be injured if humans feed them — even through unintentional means like discarding bait — reports a new study based in Sarasota Bay, Florida, and published recently in the peer-reviewed journal Royal Society Open Science.

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