Great White Sharks Are Migrating To Florida’s East Coast

Great White Sharks Are Migrating To Florida’s East Coast

During the first two weeks of January 2021, there were three great white shark sightings in the offshore waters of the Gulf between Fort Pierce and St. Lucie.  Over the years, great white shark sightings have become more and more common. These animals typically repeat the same migratory patterns, so you can pretty easily predict if they’re going to be in your area every year.  OCEARCH has been able to learn a lot about sharks through its satellite tracking. The most notable shark they’re tracked is Katharine, who has been followed for the past seven years. She made a few migratory loops and is now a “proper matriarch”, weighing around 3,000 pounds and mother shark to dozens of babies.  There may be more great white shark sightings in the near future, too. Last year, in the middle of February, a group of divers outside of Palm Beach Inlet spotted a 20-foot long great white shark. So, what do you do if you spot...
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Mega Yacht Show Coming To Miami in February 2022

Mega Yacht Show Coming To Miami in February 2022

Next year, Miami’s top three boating shows will combine to create one annual mega-event.  The Miami International Boat Show, the Miami Yacht Show, and Superyacht Miami will combine to create The Miami International Boat Show. Organizers expect the economic impact to be $1.34 billion, the equivalent of three Super Bowls. This event will support almost 10,000 jobs and 100,000 hotel bookings. This will be huge for Southern Florida’s growth.  For years, the boating and yacht shows, which all took place over Presidents’ Day, dealt with confused customers who bought tickets to the wrong show or tried to access one while holding tickets to another. It’s now going to be a seamless, stress-free experience for consumers.  The mega-event land exhibitions will take place at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait until 2022 to attend, as the 2021 shows were cancelled due to COVID-19. In-water events will be located at Sea Isle Marina, One Herald Plaza, and Island Gardens on Watson Island....
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To Protect Manatees, Boating Safety Education is Encouraged

To Protect Manatees, Boating Safety Education is Encouraged

After an increase in manatee deaths last year, wildlife activists are encouraging a change in Florida’s boating safety system. Specifically, they’re pushing that all boaters must take a safety course that brings wildlife welfare to light.  This will ensure that all boat operators are more aware of their surroundings, from both a public safety and wildlife safety standpoint. Current state laws only require boaters younger than 33 years old to take a safety course before they can operate a boat.  More than 600 manatees died in 2020, and at least 90 were killed from boating accidents. With a required boating safety class, the hope is that this number would go down.  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Center for Biological Diversity are hoping lawmakers will consider the issue in the upcoming legislative session. ...
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How To Boat With a Baby On Board

How To Boat With a Baby On Board

Boating is completely possible with babies, as long as proper safety precautions are taken. While boating doesn’t have to end when a baby is born, some things will definitely have to change. This includes child-proofing the boat, heading out during less-busy times of the day, and embracing baby-friendly activities. Once these things are considered, you’re free to enjoy a sunny day on the water! When can a baby safely boat?Your baby should be at least 18 pounds (generally between the ages of 4 months and 11 months) and able to wear a life jacket. This means a properly fitted life jacket that’s intended for children under 30 pounds and includes a flotation feature that can support a baby’s head. It’s important that your baby can hold their head up on their own before their first boating adventure, to avoid head/neck injuries from bumpy water.  How can you keep your baby safe?It might seem like a good idea to bring your baby’s car...
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Safe Boating Tips For Kids

Safe Boating Tips For Kids

Drowning is the most common cause of death in children up to the age of four, according to the United States Coast Guard. When boating with minors, safety should be your number one priority. Boating with young children presents unique challenges that need to be addressed. Below are five safety tips when boating with children. 1. Wear a life jacket.All mariners should follow state laws when it comes to wearing life jackets. Make sure your children have life jackets that fit appropriately for their weight and water activity.  2. Enroll your kids in swimming lessons.Knowing how to swim is your child’s critical line of defense against drowning.  3. Make sure you have emergency gear before getting underway.Make sure all emergency gear is up-to-date and easily accessible. This includes first aid kits, flares, blankets, radios, and a portable fire extinguisher. 4. Educate your kids on propeller safety.Make sure your kids know to stay away from the propellers. They don’t need to fear the propellers, but...
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A Cell Phone Light Helped Locate Four Men Whose Boat Sank At Night

A Cell Phone Light Helped Locate Four Men Whose Boat Sank At Night

An enjoyable boat ride turned into a stressful catastrophe off the coast of St. Petersburg last month. After their boat sank, four passengers were left clinging to a large concrete barrier underneath the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. One boater was able to call 911. He was instructed to wave his cell phone light at the approaching Coast Guard helicopter, which ended up saving the group. It’s not always easy to think clearly during an emergency, but sometimes, getting creative can save your life. And always, always, always remember to wear a life jacket while you’re boating. It might feel unnecessary, but it can save your life in an unexpected crisis. ...
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Boat Shows Have Slowed Down, But Boat Sales Have Not

Boat Shows Have Slowed Down, But Boat Sales Have Not

Despite having to skip several major boat shows this winter due to COVID-19 concerns, boat sales are looking bright. Fortunately, buyers haven’t been deterred by the pandemic!  Boat shows are appealing for a variety of reasons: The show itself is a unique event, they enable exhibitors to come face-to-face with a large number of prospective buyers, and boat buyers appreciate the tactile experience. Virtual shows are better than nothing, but they don’t provide the same participation dynamic.  Some are worried that without winter boat shows, boat sales will take a huge hit after the new year. However, that’s not looking likely. Prospective boat buyers are alive and well, especially since boating is a safe way to enjoy the outdoors during the pandemic. It also helps that interest rates are at a record low right now. So, will the lack of boat shows have an effect on the market? In some ways, maybe. However, we’re not expecting boat sales to plummet. In fact, the...
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Eager to Adopt a Boating Buddy? Now Is The Time!

Eager to Adopt a Boating Buddy? Now Is The Time!

To encourage the adoption of shelter animals this holiday season, Manatee County Animal Services launched its Home For The Holidays promotion. For all pets, adoption fees will be waived in lieu of a donation made to the Friends of Manatee County Animal Services. This promotion is eligible through January 5th. Adoptions include spay or neuter, microchip, and rabies certificates. The Palmetto Adoption Center and Shelter, located at 305 25th Street West in Palmetto, and Manatee County Cat Town, located at 216 6th Avenue East in Bradenton, are available to visit by appointment only. Make an online appointment by going to mymanatee.org/pets, filling out an adopter profile and reserving your appointment date. If you’re unable to adopt a pet but are interested in fostering, you’re in luck! MCAS is bringing back holiday fostering, a short-term, holiday season fostering option. Through January 5th, county residents can take home a shelter dog or cat for 2-5 days. For all foster participants, MCAS will provide all...
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How To Have a Safe Thanksgiving in Palmetto

How To Have a Safe Thanksgiving in Palmetto

Thanksgiving Day preparations can be stressful, especially when it comes to the turkey. Whether you’re cooking dinner on your boat, frying a turkey on the dock with your slip neighbors, or preparing a feast at your house, here are some essential safety guidelines to follow. After shopping or preparing food, make sure you refrigerate or freeze perishable food within two hours.When it comes to thawing in the fridge, allow 24 hours for every 4-5 pounds of meat.You can also submerge the turkey in cold tap water to thaw. Make sure the turkey is in a container that won’t leak, and change the water every 30 minutes until thawed.Do NOT thaw meat on the counter. It’s not safe.If you’re cooking stuffing inside the turkey, confirm that the stuffing reaches the temperature necessary to kill potentially harmful bacteria.  According to the USDA, you should cook an 8-12lb turkey for 2.5-3 hours and a 12-14lb turkey for 3-4 hours.  If you suspect that food poisoning has...
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Tips For a Romantic Weekend Boating Adventure

Tips For a Romantic Weekend Boating Adventure

With COVID-19 in full swing again, planning exciting dates has become a difficult task for couples. However, you’re in luck if you have a boat! There’s nothing quite as romantic as cruising on the water and relaxing under the stars. The best part is, it’s a great way to stay safe and social distance! Here are some tips for a romantic weekend boating adventure that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.  1. Make sure you have a plan.Spontaneity is fun, but there are things you need to plan for, such as unexpected delays, boating after sunset, provisioning mishaps, and more. You want the adventure to be romantic, not frantic.2. Keep it simple.There’s no need to overplan your getaway. However, it’s wise to have some solid ideas about the weekend agenda. Figure out how long you’ll be gone, how much fuel you’ll need, adequate food and beverages, what the weather is going to look like, the amount of clothing you’ll...
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