Oysters are important to the overall health of our near-shore ecosystems. They stabilize shorelines and filter water. But there’s another player in this coastal habitat that also has a big impact: crabs.
Hurricane Irene is churning up rough seas and dangerous riptides on Georgia's beaches as the storm passes the coast 240 miles offshore. Lifeguards on Tybee Island closed its waters to swimmers Friday after officials decided conditions were too dangerous. Surfers and others were still being allowed in the water at their own risk.
State biologists say they're spotting more great white sharks off the coast of Georgia. Clay George, a biologist for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, says the sharks have been following right whales and humpback whales during their calving seasons.
The whale appeared to be behaving normally, but researchers say, not many whales survive such wounds. There are only about 450 right whales in existence. They give birth in southern coastal waters but often find themselves in the path of ships and fishing gear than tangles and kills them there.
Endangered turtles on the Georgia coast had a successful nesting season from May to October. With over 1700 nests reported, the loggerhead turtles may be making a comeback. Last year there were less than 1600 nests reported.
A record number of sea turtle hatchlings have survived this nesting season. Over 1,700 nests were monitored on the Georgia coast by volunteers with the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Terry Norton with the Turtle Center says this is the highest number of nests Georgia has ever had.