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    stuary EDventures seeks college interns for spring season

    Our field-trip programs focus on marine science including: labs, dissections, citizen science, and field adventures. Responsibilities include facilitating programs to various age groups, species collection, and program and aquarium husbandry support. Schedules require a minimum of a two day commitment, Tuesday-Friday, 9 AM to 2 PM, from January to May. To apply, simply send an email of interest and resume to internships@tampabaywatch. org. Hiring concludes December 13th. Positions are unpaid. Academic credit available.

    Come join us for the fun! Click here to learn more about our internships.
    Corporate Spotlight:
    Florida Pure Salt

    We’re pleased to welcome Florida Pure Sea Salt as our newest corporate member! Their all natural, small batch sea salts are infused with fresh ingredients and made with love right here in Tampa Bay. They use only the cleanest and best water to make the purest and finest tasting salts which is one of the many reasons they share our passion for healthy waterways and clean coastlines. You can find their delicious sea salts at many pop up markets and on the shelves at various local businesses.

    To become a corporate member, contact Nina Ardle, Membership/Major Gifts Coordinator at
    McKay Bay Results

    Thank you to our 68 volunteers who assisted last Friday and Saturday at our oyster shell project to restore the shoreline of McKay Bay. Over the two day project we created 1,540 sq feet of reef using 17.73 tons of shell. The project will help to restore lost habitat systems to the bay, prevent further erosion of the shoreline, and improve water quality through natural biological filtration.
    Creature Feature: Atlantic Ghost Crab

    No, the Ghost Crab is not the ghost of a deceased crab. In fact, this crab gets its name from their pale color and nocturnal behavior. They almost seem to glow as they scurry over the sand at night. Ghost Crabs inhabit beach ecosystems in warmer regions, such as Tampa Bay. They feed on insects, filter-feeders, and the eggs and hatchlings of loggerhead turtles.

    Helping hands needed on 11/7 & 11/8 to build an oyster shell bar
    One oyster can filter two to five gallons of water per hour!
    Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to install oyster shell bars with a goal to restore lost habitat systems to the bay, prevent further erosion of shorelines, and improve water quality through natural biological filtration.

    Oyster shell projects involve shoveling fossilized shell into mesh bags, transporting the bags to the project site and placing oyster shell bags on the shoreline to create an oyster bar. We have two sites this fall: McKay Bay (The project meeting location is Desoto Park, 2617 Corrine St., Tampa, FL 33605.) and MacDill Air Force Base. Click on a date below to register to volunteer:

    McKay Bay: November 7, & November 8
    MacDill AFB: November 14 & December 6
    Evening for the Bay is SOLD OUT!
    Thank you to all who will join us for Evening for the Bay on November 2!
    You do not need to attend the event in order to participate in our auction. Click here to take a sneak peek and start bidding now! All proceeds benefit our mission to restore Tampa Bay.

    Donate your plastic water bottles to us!
    Bring your clear plastic 16.9 oz water bottles to our Tierra Verde facility during business hours and place them in the well marked trailer located on the north (right) side of the gate.

    Special visitors to our dock
    Mom and baby manatee spotted behind Tampa Bay Watch
    Look who dropped by our dock at Tampa Bay Watch last week! It is believed that one manatee calf is born every two to five years, and twins are rare. The gestation period is about a year. Mothers nurse their young for one to two years, during which time a calf remains dependent on its mother.

    Manatees go to the surface of the water every three to five minutes to breathe although they can remain underwater longer, holding their breath for up to 20 minutes. When they do take a breath, 90 percent of the air in their lungs is replaced (whereas humans tend to replace about 10 percent).

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