+ White pelican feels the heat at Save Our Seabirds
Call him a true snowbird. An 18-pound white pelican healed at Save Our Seabirds in six weeks, giving him enough time to mingle with the flight of white pelicans that will migrate north for summer. The pelican was brought to Save Our Seabirds with a two-piece treble hook attached to his right wing. In the process of trying to free himself, he tore a 7-inch gash in his right groin and a quarter-inch hole in his right wing. If he had taken much longer to heal, he would have had to wait until fall for release when a flock migrated south again. And that would have forced him to do what no snowbird wants to do: Stick around for the summer.
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PHOTO GALLERY: Sun 'n Sea Cottages Cornhole Tournament
The Romanach and Casella families compete in a cornhole tournament July 12, at Sun ‘n Sea Cottages. The families have been vacationing on Longboat Key for over 14 years and six years ago, decided to organize and play in a cornhole tournament during their stay.
Beach project wraps up
Approximately 100,000 cubic yards of sand was placed on the north end of the Key from North Shore Road to Broadway.
PHOTO OF THE DAY: Flippered Friends
Mote Marine Laboratory’s Holly West washes a baby sea turtle that was brought in after a coyote attacked its nest July 10. Sea turtles face a variety of predators while they’re nesting, but Mote strives to help them by caring for any wounds, administering antibiotics and releasing them off shore when they’re strong enough.