8 wildest Florida animal stories of 2021


TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Outside of being identified for wild “Florida Man” headlines, the Sunshine State can be nice for animal stories.

From the wild alligators that usually come “knocking” on doorways to the rescued animals at Tampa Bay’s varied aquariums and services, it actually is wild on the market!

We’ve compiled an inventory of eight superior animal stories from 2021 that options gators, rescues and a lot extra.

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Date: April 27

A uniquely-pigmented younger bottlenose dolphin was noticed within the Gulf of Mexico in April and was monitored by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

While many referred to as the newborn “albino,” these at CMA didn’t consult with the animal as such with out additional photographic analysis. CMA displays all dolphins of their space as half of its “Dorsal Fin ID” program.

The pale dolphin was recognized as a calf nicknamed “Cherub” that was lower than a 12 months previous on the time, the third identified calf of a dolphin referred to as “Guardian” who has been studied by the aquarium since 2015.

The younger dolphin is lacking a fin and the aquarium described the calf as “hypopigmented,” because it has some coloring and the colour of its eyes are regular, not crimson, a typical check in albinism.

Date: May 18

“Chessie,” the well-traveled manatee, was launched again into the wild in May and is being tracked by researchers from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute.

Chessie has been noticed as far north as Rhode Island, first being seen within the Chesapeake Bay in 1994, a highly-unusual place for a manatee to be. The male manatee is estimated to be round 35 years previous and has a scar sample that makes him distinguishable amongst different manatees.

The mammal had gone by earlier rescues, however was as soon as once more rescued through the 2020-2021 chilly spell throughout what is named a “Unusual Mortality Event”(or “UME”) on the east coast of Florida. He was discovered emaciated and swimming sideways, in want of rescue.

He was launched in May north of Palm Beach.

Chessie’s actions will be tracked by most people by going surfing to CMA’s web site.

Date: June 1

Some species of sharks and their areas may very well be an indicator of whether or not tropical climate is about to strike in your space, in accordance with new analysis that helps earlier analysis performed by Mote Marine Laboratory.

Mote’s analysis from summer time 2001 used a sequence of underwater receivers that tracked the positions of 41 younger blacktip sharks fitted with transmitters forward of Tropical Storm Gabrielle in a nursery space of Terra Ceia Bay. Doctor Bob Hueter, a retired shark researcher with Mote Marine Laboratory and present OSEARCH worker, was concerned.

“We were able to track them as they responded to the hurricane before it even got here – as they left and then rode out the hurricane outside and then came back in,” Dr. Hueter mentioned of the analysis.

He mentioned sharks in shallow environments, equivalent to in decrease Tampa Bay, have a tendency to maneuver in to deeper waters when a storm brews.

Date: June 14

A doorbell digital camera caught a scaly nighttime customer strolling as much as a Parrish residence again in June.

Steve Farkas mentioned at round 4:30 a.m., an alligator got here as much as his entrance door and lingered for some time. The gator then left and went off to the facet yard however quickly returned, as soon as once more getting proper as much as Farkas’ entrance door.

“Everyone has a habit of opening up their front door garage and letting their dogs out, so now we actually posted to our community Facebook page just to let folks know,” he mentioned.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, alligators sometimes get extra energetic through the spring and summer time months as the warmth hurries up their metabolism and forces them to search for meals.

Date: July 14

The Tampa Bay Lightning introduced residence the Stanley Cup for the second 12 months in a row in 2021, and one other Tampa staple welcomed one other Stanley on the exact same night time.

Stanley the giraffe was born to first-time mother Angel at Busch Gardens. He frolicked bonding together with her behind-the-scenes earlier than the pair moved again out to affix the herd on the theme park’s 65-acre Serengeti Plain.

Date: July 28

A seahorse that was rescued by a great Samaritan and delivered to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium gave start to a plethora of infants on the finish of July.

The male seahorse was discovered floating within the surf and a veterinarian confirmed the animal had “an over-inflated swim bladder and released the trapped air,” in accordance with the aquarium.

A couple of days after, whereas below statement from veterinarians, the seahorse gave start… within the tons of!

The father and his infants have been monitored by employees, although the daddy continued to indicate points with buoyancy, which might affect his skill to outlive within the wild and be listed as “non-releasable” by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.


Date: Aug. 10

The household of orangutans and the rhinos at ZooTampa have been handled to classical music enrichment over the summer time.