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Category Archives: Gulf of Mexico

Hundreds take a plunge at Flora-Bama | WKRG

January 02, 2018

ALABAMA/FLORIDA (WKRG) —  People along the Gulf Coast took to the beach to take a dip in the Gulf.

Flora-Bama’s annual polar bear dip always draws a good sized crowd.  This year was a bit cooler than years past.

It was 34 degrees at noon in Perdido, with 17 MPH winds and a wind chill of 25.  The water temperature was 66 degrees.

via Hundreds take a plunge at Flora-Bama | WKRG.

Gulf Islands National Seashore nominated for Best Florida Attraction | WEAR

December 22, 2017

(WEAR) — People are getting the chance to vote for their favorite Florida attraction in 2017, and a local spot is one of the many options!

Gulf Islands National Seashore mas made the list.

A panel full of Florida Local Experts and travel writers, enlisted by 10Best, nominated their favorite attractions.

via Gulf Islands National Seashore nominated for Best Florida Attraction | WEAR.

City seeking RESTORE money for Terry Cover research center

December 08, 2017

The city is pursuing RESTORE Act money to fund a sea lab and research center at property on Terry Cove east of Sportsman Marina and Pleasure Island Tiki Bar.

In other business, the council announced a new loop to the Backcountry Trail near the Sportsplex, said it is seeking bids on the refurbishing of the Sea Duster 1930s era charter fishing boat, and authorized Kennon to negotiate the purchase of property near the police station.

via City seeking RESTORE money for Terry Cover research center.

Sunken Treasure: Exploring Alabama’s newest artificial reef – FOX10 News | WALA

November 22, 2017

Alabama’s artificial reef program is about to get a big boost from a new shipwreck, creating a mansion for marine life and a Wonderland for divers. Our certified scuba diving enthusiast/outdoor reporter, Devan Coffaro, got an exclusive tour of the ship before she sinks off Orange Beach.

via Sunken Treasure: Exploring Alabama’s newest artificial reef – FOX10 News | WALA.

Sunken Treasure: Exploring Alabama’s newest artificial reef – FOX10 News | WALA

November 21, 2017

FOX10 News is committed to taking you on incredible adventures, even beneath the waves of the Gulf. Alabama’s artificial reef program is about to get a big boost from a new shipwreck, creating a mansion for marine life and a Wonderland for divers. Our certified scuba diving enthusiast/outdoor reporter, Devan Coffaro, got an exclusive tour of the ship before she sinks off Orange Beach.

via Sunken Treasure: Exploring Alabama’s newest artificial reef – FOX10 News | WALA.

FEMA declaration includes Dauphin Island hurricane damage | WPMI

November 19, 2017

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (WPMI) — Dauphin Island’s recovery from Hurricane Nate can “get started in earnest” now that five counties in Alabama are eligible for FEMA assistance, Mayor Jeff Collier said.

Thursday’s disaster declaration by the Federal Emergency Management Agency could save Dauphin Island as much as 85 percent of its $5.5 million damage estimate, much of which will be spent to put mountains of beach sand back where it belongs.

via FEMA declaration includes Dauphin Island hurricane damage | WPMI.

Sunken Treasure: Exploring Alabama’s newest artificial reef – FOX10 News | WALA

November 18, 2017

FOX10 News is committed to taking you on incredible adventures, even underneath the waves of the Gulf. Alabama’s artificial reef program is about to get a big boost from a big boat, and we got an exclusive tour of the ship before she sinks off Orange Beach.

via Sunken Treasure: Exploring Alabama’s newest artificial reef – FOX10 News | WALA.

Governor Ivey Announces $33 Million for Restoration and Conservation Projects in Alabama | WKRG

November 14, 2017

Governor Kay Ivey announced Tuesday that the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has approved more than $33.5 million for five new projects and amendments to two existing projects that focus on the restoration and conservation of Alabama’s natural resources.

via Governor Ivey Announces $33 Million for Restoration and Conservation Projects in Alabama | WKRG.

Underwater Forest among Alabama films at Fairhope Film Festival | AL.com

November 11, 2017

The Underwater Forest will be screened at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Fairhope Film Festival, among a group of short films about Alabama.

Several of the films are environmental in nature, including Hunter Nichols’ film, Alabama: From the Mountains to the Coast, a stunning and ethereal aerial portrait of the state’s wildly diverse landscapes. Nichols also directed Riverdreams, a film about his journey from Birmingham to Dauphin Island via canoe. You can watch From the Mountains to the Coast here.

via Underwater Forest among Alabama films at Fairhope Film Festival | AL.com.

Fishing Boat Finally Rescued in Orange Beach After Days Stranded Ashore | WKRG

November 03, 2017

ORANGE BEACH, AL (WKRG) — A stranded fishing boat that caught the attention of curious onlookers after five days washed ashore in Orange Beach has finally been rescued.

An early morning operation to rescue the stranded fishing boat from Destin was successful on Thursday morning when a barge helped pull the vessel back out into the Gulf of Mexico.

via Fishing Boat Finally Rescued in Orange Beach After Days Stranded Ashore | WKRG.

Giant cobia and tiny sardines, Alabama’s massive fish migration | AL.com

November 01, 2017

Millions upon millions of migrating animals are visiting Alabama right now and almost no one knows it.

In this case, the migrators have fins, not wings, and are slipping silently through the state’s portion of the Gulf of Mexico.

Cobia, wahoo, mackerel (kings and Spanish), tuna, tarpon, marlin and swordfish are the big predator species, but they are following the migrations of a world of smaller fish, such as round scad, short-scale sardines, menhaden, Atlantic bumper, blue runners, and anchovies. Sharks and sea turtles are also migrating through the area right now. Even coastal fish such as flounder and sheepshead undergo annual migrations.

via Giant cobia and tiny sardines, Alabama’s massive fish migration | AL.com.

Proposed Oil and Gas Lease Sale Could Change View of Gulf | WKRG

October 24, 2017

The Bureau of Energy Management (BOEM) announced Tuesday the proposed development of over 76 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas exploration. The proposed oil and gas lease sale includes areas off of Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida and could be as close as three miles offshore, close enough to be seen from coastal beaches.

via Proposed Oil and Gas Lease Sale Could Change View of Gulf | WKRG.

Hurricane Nate Cleanup Begins on West Beach in Gulf Shores, Wednesday | WKRG

October 17, 2017

Hurricane Nate on West Beach

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WKRG) — A week after the storm is just enough time for storm debris from the rivers and bays to wash up on the beach.

For as far as the eye can see, pieces of what Hurricane Nate washed away has washed up on West Beach in Gulf Shores.

via Hurricane Nate Cleanup Begins on West Beach in Gulf Shores, Wednesday | WKRG.

“He’s a hero:” Mother, pregnant girlfriend of man who drowned in – FOX10 News | WALA

October 15, 2017

A hero: that’s how the mother of one of the two men who drowned trying to save a young boy in the Gulf on Monday describes her son.

In a heartbreaking exclusive interview, FOX10′s Alexa Knowles sat down with 21-year-old Bradley Murphy’s family, and his girlfriend who is expecting their baby boy in January.

via “He’s a hero:” Mother, pregnant girlfriend of man who drowned in – FOX10 News | WALA.

Man who helped save boy in Fort Morgan describes dramatic rescue – FOX10 News | WALA

October 15, 2017

An act of heroism, quickly turned to tragedy on a Fort Morgan beach Monday night. It became a story of sacrifice: two men drowned in the Gulf trying to save a little boy. For the first time, we’re hearing from someone who also tried to help.

The two heroes who died are Steven Wahler, 47, and Bradley Murphy, 21. Two other men also rushed to help the child.

via Man who helped save boy in Fort Morgan describes dramatic rescue – FOX10 News | WALA.

Man who helped save boy in Fort Morgan describes dramatic rescue – FOX10 News | WALA

October 11, 2017

FORT MORGAN, AL (WALA) - An act of heroism, quickly turned to tragedy on a Fort Morgan beach Monday night. It became a story of sacrifice: two men drowned in the Gulf trying to save a little boy. For the first time, we’re hearing from someone who also tried to help.

The two heroes who died are Steven Wahler, 47, and Bradley Murphy, 22. Two other men also rushed to help the child.

via Man who helped save boy in Fort Morgan describes dramatic rescue – FOX10 News | WALA.

Bodies of Two Heroes Recovered at Beach in Fort Morgan | WKRG

October 11, 2017

FORT MORGAN, Alabama (WKRG) – Sheriff Hoss Mack confirmed two men drowned on Fort Morgan Monday evening while they were attempting to save a child.

The Sheriff says four adults entered the water near the Kiva Dunes Resort to save an 11-year old child who was yelling for help. Two adults were able to rescue the child and make it out of the water safely, but unfortunately the other two drowned, according to the Sheriff.

via Bodies of Two Heroes Recovered at Beach in Fort Morgan | WKRG.

Deadly Season Along Fort Morgan Beaches | WKRG

October 11, 2017

It doesn’t take a tropical event to make the Gulf deadly. Surf conditions play a huge role. All but one of this year’s drownings along Baldwin County beaches happened while red flags were flying.

For all it’s beauty, it’s been a deadly season in Fort Morgan.

In seven months, six people have drowned in the waters off Fort Morgan.

via Deadly Season Along Fort Morgan Beaches | WKRG.

Hurricane Nate Causes Some Problems for Baldwin County Coast | WKRG

October 10, 2017

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WKRG) — Hurricane Nate caused some damage along the coast. One of those spots was at the Gulf State Pier.

Deck panels weighing around 500 pounds each were blown out by waves that crashed onto the pier. While state park officials were able to remove some of the panels before Hurricane Nate, it wasn’t nearly enough. Railings were also ripped and twisted away. The most damage was on the end of the pier, past the midway point.

via Hurricane Nate Causes Some Problems for Baldwin County Coast | WKRG.

Gulf State Park Pier Closed Due to Significant Nate Damage | WKRG

October 10, 2017

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WKRG) – The popular Gulf State Park Pier is closed indefinitely while crews work to repair what Hurricane Nate destroyed.

The timetable for repairs is unclear. Optimists are hoping by Wednesday but park officials say it won’t open until they are certain repairs are complete and it is safe.

via Gulf State Park Pier Closed Due to Significant Nate Damage | WKRG.

20 foot waves during Hurricane Nate damage Gulf State Pier, Meaher Park | AL.com

October 10, 2017

Though Hurricane Nate came ashore more than 60 miles away, its waves were tall enough when they hit the beach in Gulf Shores that they knocked much of the decking loose from the Gulf State Pier, which is 20 feet above the water.

A data buoy 12 miles south of Gulf Shores, NOAA sea buoy 42012, recorded an average wave height of 16 feet during the storm, however, that means the buoy likely saw waves in excess of 30 feet tall. The way the buoys calculate wave height means some waves may be twice as tall as the average, according to NOAA. Those giant waves, coupled with the storm surge, would have been large enough to lift the panels from the pier.

via 20 foot waves during Hurricane Nate damage Gulf State Pier, Meaher Park | AL.com.

Snapper Check Totals Show Fear Unfounded

October 06, 2017

Preliminary numbers from the Alabama Red Snapper Reporting System, aka Snapper Check, indicate the fear that Alabama anglers would exceed the 2017 quota were unfounded.

“Using the Alabama Snapper Check numbers, we’re going to be well within the historic allocation for Alabama, so the 39-day season did not put us over, which was a concern for the commercial fishing community and part of the charter fishing community,” said Scott Bannon, Acting Director of the Alabama Marine Resources Division (MRD). “Now the concern we have is what the MRIP (Marine Recreational Information Program) numbers will show, and those numbers are not out yet.”

via Snapper Check Totals Show Fear Unfounded.

Alabama readies for Nate; local leaders issue voluntary evacuati – FOX10 News | WALA

October 06, 2017

State and local leaders are keeping a close eye Tropical Storm Nate as the system makes its way into the southern Gulf of Mexico.

They are already in full storm mode.

In light of the storm, Baldwin County has issued a voluntary evacuation order for residents on Fort Morgan and those south of Highway 182 on East and West Beach Boulevard.

via Alabama readies for Nate; local leaders issue voluntary evacuati – FOX10 News | WALA.

Tropical Storm Nate: Updated beach conditions for Gulf Coast; Gulf Shores, Panama City, Destin | AL.com

October 06, 2017

Tropical Storm Nate – already blamed for 22 deaths in Central America – is churning its way to the Gulf Coast.

The latest forecast has Nate nearing hurricane intensity as it approaches the Yucatan Peninsula late Friday. The storm is expected to reach the northern Gulf Coast this weekend as a hurricane, bringing with it the threat of high winds, heavy rains and a dangerous storm surge to an area stretching from Louisiana through the Florida Panhandle.

via Tropical Storm Nate: Updated beach conditions for Gulf Coast; Gulf Shores, Panama City, Destin | AL.com.

Tropical Storm Nate: Path brings a hurricane to northern Gulf Coast earlier | AL.com

October 06, 2017

Tropical Storm Nate got a little stronger and picked up speed on Friday morning on a path that could bring it to the northern Gulf Coast as a Category 1 hurricane in less than 48 hours.

The center of the storm moved back over water early Friday after spending most of Thursday over Central America.

via Tropical Storm Nate: Path brings a hurricane to northern Gulf Coast earlier | AL.com.

Gulf Shores beach-goers optimistic ahead of storm threat – FOX10 News | WALA

October 05, 2017

As the waves brought with them a cool breeze on shore, it was perfect Wednesday evening for those hitting the beach in Gulf Shores.

“You can’t beat an afternoon on the beach next to the water,” said Jeremiah Wheat. “Depending on what’s going on, we try to bring the kids out here in the afternoon.”

via Gulf Shores beach-goers optimistic ahead of storm threat – FOX10 News | WALA.

Hidden Treasure: Unveiling of Ancient Underwater Forest off Alabama Coast

October 01, 2017

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — Deep beneath the surface, off the coast of Alabama, lies a hidden treasure not known to man for thousands of years: an ancient underwater forest.

Long concealed and preserved under a thick layer of sediment are clusters of cypress trees, which scientists believe was uncovered by Hurricane Ivan back in 2004.

The exact spot of the forest was unknown for years until local fishermen happened upon it, just by noticing something odd on the sonar.

via Hidden Treasure: Unveiling of Ancient Underwater Forest off Alabama Coast.

Monster lionfish shot by Birmingham man pending state record | AL.com

September 29, 2017

Spencer Phillips speared a 17 and a half inch lionfish off the Alabama coast, which appears to be a new state record, besting the old record by close to about a half inch.

Lionfish are not native to the Gulf of Mexico. Scientists believe lionfish, which are native to warm Pacific waters, escaped into the Atlantic from large aquariums inundated during Hurricane Andrew in 1992. A small handful of lionfish released during the storm quickly colonized the Atlantic Coast, with reports of isolated sightings coming in from the Carolinas and the Florida coast for several years. As early as 16 years ago, Herb Kumpf, a scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, predicted the species would spread throughout the Caribbean and into the northern Gulf of Mexico.

via Monster lionfish shot by Birmingham man pending state record | AL.com.

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