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Jellyfish at the beach 🏝️ Jellyfish typically drift with ocean currents, but will occasionally swim by pulsing their umbrella or bell. Winds, currents and storm activity can influence the presence of jellyfish near beaches. It’s important to keep a close eye out for jellyfish while at the beach this summer. Jellyfish stings can be painful and sometimes dangerous. Check out our Facebook page at MyFWC for information on what to do if a jellyfish stings you. FWC photo #Jellyfish #Beach #Ocean #Summer #Wildlife #Conservation #MyFWC #FWC #Florida #Picoftheday #Photooftheday


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What should you do if you see a beached marine mammal? 🤔Don’t push them back into the water! While we appreciate your concern and desire to help save marine mammals in trouble, we are here to help and want to share a few reminders. Marine mammals strand for a reason, often the animals are sick or injured. Pushing them back out to sea delays examination and treatment and often results in the animal re-stranding in worse condition. If you encounter a beached marine mammal, call our Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922). @FWCresearch #Beach #Marine #Mammal #Ocean #Reminder #Wildlife #Conservation #MyFWC #FWC #Manatee #Florida


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If you believe an alligator poses a threat to people, pets, or property, call our toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286).🐊 We will dispatch one of our contracted nuisance alligator trappers to resolve the situation. When in and around the water, we strongly recommend taking precautions to avoid human-alligator interactions. Alligator fact: The alligator’s pupil is a mere slit in the bright daylight. At night, the pupil can be almost round, maximizing light reception and giving the alligator a visual acuity comparable to that of an owl. #Alligator #Eye #Hotline #Safety #Wildlife #Conservation #MyFWC #FWC #Florida #Picoftheday #Photooftheday FWC photo by Chad Weber


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Happy National American Eagle Day! 🦅🇺🇸 The bald eagle is a symbol of national pride as well as a conservation icon. Active bald eagle nests in our state have increased from only 88 in 1973 to over 1,500 as of the most recent survey in 2016! Florida’s bald eagles are a major part of the conservation success story of this species in our country, having one of the densest concentrations of nesting eagles in the lower 48 states. Want to know if there’s a bald eagle nest near you? Check out our Eagle Nest Locator by swiping up on our Instagram Story. FWC photo #NationalAmericanEagleDay #Eagle #BaldEagle #Bird #BirdsofInstagram #Nest #Nesting #MyFWC #FWC #Wildlife #Conservation #Florida


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Gopher tortoise rescue ends with smiles 😃🐢 When a young boy saw a gopher tortoise stuck under a fence by the roadway, he knew exactly who to call…the “FWC wildlife police!” Officer Plussa responded to the call, removed the gopher tortoise from under the fence and relocated it to an open field nearby. Thanks to the young boy and his mother for their help with this rescue! If you encounter injured wildlife, call our Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922) for immediate guidance from FWC law enforcement. #GopherTortoise #Tortoise #Rescue #FWCOfficer #LawEnforcement #Wildlife #Conservation #MyFWC #FWC #Florida #Picoftheday #Photooftheday


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Painted gopher tortoise released! 🐢🎨 In April this gopher tortoise was found completely covered in red paint and with concreate on its limbs and the top of its shell. An arrest has been made in the incident. After rehabbing with Swamp Girl Adventures it has now been released! Swipe through to see the original photos. Please report suspected fish and wildlife violations to us via our Wildlife Alert Program by calling 888-404-3922 or texting/emailing Tip@MyFWC.com. #GopherTortoise #Tortoise #Release #Rehab #Wildlife #Conservation #Florida #MyFWC #FWC #Picoftheday #Photooftheday FWC photos by Chad Weber, last photo courtesy of Kim Titterington


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Happy World Sea Turtle Day! 🐢#SeaTurtle #WorldSeaTurtleDay #Turtle #Wildlife #Conservation #Ocean #MyFWC #FWC #Florida #Picoftheday #Photooftheday Rescued sea turtle being released, FWC photo by Jennifer McGee. @jlmaqua629


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3 species you can only find in Florida! ☀️ When a species is only found in one place, it is “endemic” to that place. The Sunshine State is home to many endemic species. Check out our Instagram Story to learn about three of them! FWC photos #Florida #Wildlife #Endemic #Conservation #FloridaBonnetedBat #Bat #FloridaScrubJay #Bird #FloridaBogFrog #Frog #MyFWC #FWC


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Subject cited for shooting hawks. We received a complaint about an individual who shot three red-shouldered hawks and placed them in a dumpster behind a residence. Lieutenant Holcomb, along with Officers Enos and Berg, responded to the complaint. They located the hawks, took statements from witnesses in the area and ultimately found the subject who shot the three hawks with a pellet gun in a nearby residential community. The man was cited for killing the red-shouldered hawks which is prohibited under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Report conservation or boating violations to Tip@MyFWC.com or 888-404-3922. FWC photo #Hawk #Shooting #Violation #RedShoulderedHawk #Bird #LawEnforcement #Officer #Wildlife #Conservation #MyFWC #FWC


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Warm days summon snakes 🐍 With the weather heating up, snakes are out and about on the landscape. This presents a great opportunity to see these creatures and appreciate the important role they play in the ecosystem. Snakes are a critical part of the food web, both as predator and prey. The eastern diamondback rattlesnake is the largest of the six venomous snake species that call our state home. Hearing its distinctive rattle buzz in the wild can be a memorable experience for hikers, yet this rattlesnake prefers to be shy, not showy. When outside, watch where you put your hands and feet to avoid being surprised by a snake. If you encounter a venomous snake, it’s best to give it space and appreciate the animal from a distance. Swipe up on our Instagram Story for more tips on living with snakes! FWC photo by Jerry Pitts #Snake #EasternDiamondbackRattlesnake #Rattlesnake #Ecosystem #Wildlife #Conservation #MyFWC #FWC #Picoftheday #Photooftheday #Florida


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Dive in & celebrate 🤗🌊 Today is World Oceans Day! Make sure to properly stow fishing line and keep plastics of any kind out of the water. Check out our Instagram Story to learn more about some of the amazing wildlife that can be found in our waters! #WorldOceansDay #Ocean #Water #Fishing #Wildlife #Conservation #MyFWC #FWC #Florida #Picoftheday #Photooftheday


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Join our team! 😃👍🏼 Our officers are responsible for protecting Florida’s natural resources including fish and wildlife, while providing a safe atmosphere for residents and visitors to recreate in. Check out our Instagram Story to learn how to apply! FWC photo #Officer #LawEnforcement #FWCOfficer #Florida #Fish #Wildlife #Conservation #MyFWC #FWC #Picoftheday #Photooftheday


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