Florida Feature – Manatee Awareness Month

November is Manatee Awareness Month and the goal of this annual celebration is to raise public awareness of the threats facing these gentle and beloved marine mammals. Throughout the winter months, manatees are usually found along shallow, coastal waterways in search of warm-water areas for refuge. Often, manatees will be found near springs that stay […]

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Florida Feature – Jellyfish Jamboree!

Florida is well-known for attracting various animal species throughout different times of the year. This month, our staff and students came across a few marine visitors they did not expect to find. Jellyfish! Many species of jellyfish have been seen in large groups along Florida beaches recently. This is due to many factors such as weather, […]

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Florida Feature –Hurricane Irma and Its Effects on Wildlife

Nature’s Academy would like to take a moment of gratitude to recognize how fortunate we are to have successfully made it through Hurricane Irma safe and sound. A special thank you to all our first responders and servicemen and women that risked their lives to keep our state safe. Sending positive thoughts and well wishes […]

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Florida Feature – Coral Spawning and the Full Moon!

With all the excitement of summer ending and the new school year beginning, let’s discuss a natural phenomenon occurring within our oceans. Coral spawning is a synchronized event where various colonies and species of corals release their gametes at the same time. Scientists are not sure what causes coral spawning, but they believe lunar cycles […]

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Florida Feature – Cownose Ray “Fever”!

During the summer, many species migrate to Florida. One of the most notable species to Tampa Bay is the cownose ray (Rhinoptera bonasus). Don’t have a “cow” over these visitors, they are one of the least harmful rays to humans. Follow along for more about their biology and ecological significance! Cownose rays are a cartilaginous […]

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