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Look up! – When you can see the rare full ‘blue moon’

CNN — This weekend is your next chance to gaze at the rare full blue moon before it disappears until 2024. A blue moon is the third full moon in a season containing four full moons instead of the usual three, according to Sky & Telescope magazine. The lunar phenomenon has been a cultural inspiration for music, art, and language — such as the hit song “When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again“, recorded by multiple artists including Elvis Presley, as well as the saying “once in a blue moon” to describe a rare event. Sources differ on how long the phrase...

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Virgin Galactic to conduct plant experiment during spaceflight

GAINESVILLE, Fla.– Virgin Galactic plans to attempt its first full crew spaceflight. The crew will have NASA-supported technology along for the ride. The vice president of government affairs and research operations at Virgin Galactic, Sirisha Bandla, will conduct an experiment on the flight. According to a release from NASA, Bandla will activate three plant-filled tubes to release a preservative during specific stages of the flight; before the rocket boost, before entering microgravity, and after leaving microgravity. The flight will be called “Unity 22”. More information on the experiment...

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Tropical Storm Elsa churns Atlantic & helps uncover massive megalodon teeth

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. — A keen shark tooth hunter hit the jackpot twice in three weeks after searching nearly every day for the past year. Jacob Danner, an art curator, found his first megalodon tooth — 3 inches long, and in good condition — three weeks ago on Fernandina Beach. He was ecstatic. Then, when Tropical Storm Elsa passed by on Thursday, he found another, 4-inch-long tooth. “It makes you want to spend your whole day hunting, thinking that more must be out there,” Danner said. Megalodon teeth are prized items for amateur collectors competing to get...

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12-foot python found safe after escaping from mall aquarium exhibit

BATON ROUGE, La. / CNN — The search for Cara, a 12-foot serpent that ditched her mall aquarium exhibit on Monday, has ended happily. The yellow Burmese python was found “safe and healthy” on Thursday after a search that closed the Blue Zoo Aquarium at the Mall of Louisiana in Baton Rouge for several days, the aquarium said in a Facebook post. Rescuers pulled Cara from the inside of a high wall. They had to cut a hole and use a ladder to bring the snake to safety. “We couldn’t be more excited to share with you that the search is over!” the facility’s...

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VIDEO: Sea turtle hatchlings sprint to the sea in Charlotte County

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. — A sea turtle nest in Charlotte County hatched recently, and county officials were lucky enough to capture the moment the hatchlings rushed to the water. The video shows the sea turtles crawl out of their nest and race towards the safety of the sea. Florida is home to many species of sea turtles. Beaches in Southwest Florida host three species: loggerhead, green, and Kemp’s ridley sea turtles. Each nesting season, local officials install temporary stakes and educational signs around nesting areas to create a buffer zone between humans and turtle nests. When...

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Woman found dead from possible alligator attack in Florida pond

VALRICO, Fla. – A woman was found dead in a Florida retention pond Sunday night from a possible alligator attack, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said the woman’s body was found in the water just after 8:40 p.m. in a retention pond behind the Landing Bar and Grill on Lynx Paw Trail in Valrico. The body was recovered by HCSO’s Underwater Recovery Team. Investigators said alligators are known to frequent the pond where the woman was found. Deputies said the woman had suffered injuries consistent with an alligator attack, but a cause of...

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Florida man flown to hospital after gator attack in SWFL

VENICE, Fla. – A man was flown to the hospital after he was attacked by an alligator while fishing in Venice Sunday morning. The 39-year-old man was wading in the water of a large pond off Precision Drive in North Venice just before 11 a.m. when a gator bit the man’s left leg, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Police and rescue crews responded to the incident and the man was flown by helicopter to Sarasota Memorial Hospital where he received treatment for his injuries. FWC dispatched a contracted nuisance alligator trapper to trap the alligator...

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