The University of Central Florida’s Marine Turtle Research Group found a two-headed turtle in Brevard County during its research Thursday.
The group excavates nests three days after the turtles hatch to determine how many eggs were laid and how many hatchlings emerged.
Any straggler turtles are safely released into the ocean.
During its latest research, the group found a two-headed loggerhead turtle.
Researchers said the turtle appeared to be healthy and energetic, and was released into the ocean, but not before a member of the group snapped a few photos.
Kate Mansfield, an assistant professor and lab director with the group, said her crew found a two-headed turtle on the same beach a year or two ago. She said the finding is rare, but not unheard of.
Temperatures are warming up, and the sand and surf are calling.
A day at the beach is a great and inexpensive summer activity, but costs can creep up if you’re not careful.
Here are some tips on keeping your summer beach costs down:
If you can easily drive to a beach, you know that it’s hard to find parking spots there. Both private and public beaches can charge an outrageous amount to park.
If you have four people going to the beach and parking is $20 a car, why take two separate cars? Carpool and split the cost among everyone.
2. Bring your own food
There are usually plenty of food trucks, food carts and seaside restaurants around beaches, but the food can be overpriced.
One of the best ways to save money when you visit the beach is to bring a cooler of your own food. Prepare some sandwiches, throw in some fruit or other snacks, drinks, a bag of ice, and you’re good to go.
3. Buy food away from the beach
If you are going to bring your own food to the beach, consider buying groceries outside the beach town. Food prices tend to be almost double in high tourist areas because local markets know they can jack up the prices and people will pay.
4. Stay cheap
Consider booking a room in a motel or renting out someone’s summer house. You might not have a beautiful room, but there’s a good chance you’ll be paying significantly less, and the purpose of visiting the beach is to be outside, not in your room all day.
It’s also a great time to consider camping in areas where that’s acceptable. Get a tent and fall asleep to the sound of the waves.
5. Get a non-waterfront hotel
If you want to stay in a hotel, renting a room in a hotel that is not on the waterfront will save you money. Hotels close to the beach tend to be more expensive than hotels that are farther away from the beach, but sometimes the distance is no more than a few blocks and easily walkable.
6. Find free activities
While it might be tempting to rent jet skis or go scuba diving, those costs can climb quickly. Think about what you can do on a lower budget. For example, get some cheap snorkeling gear and explore the waters that way, instead of spending money on a scuba excursion.
7. Avoid beachfront stores
Beachfront stores are filled with touristy junk -- poorly made knickknacks that will fall apart and beach equipment that is overpriced. For example, you might find beach umbrellas there for twice the amount you’d find miles away.
Buy your towels, chairs, bags and umbrellas before you go on vacation or at a non-beach-related store away from the hotels and beaches.
This is a basic need for any vacation, but it’s easy to look at a few days at the beach and think you won’t spend much money. You’ll probably be right, but there are other things on which you might spend your money, such as food, entertainment or souvenirs. Going on vacation without a set budget can easily cause you to spend more money than you intended.
9. Go during the offseason
Offseason is a relative term for a beach vacation. Offseason on Cape Cod is much different than it is in Florida.
Offseasons are generally from September to November or late February to early May. You’ll find that hotels and flights are cheaper and they’ll be less hassle while you’re visiting the beach and other attractions.
Many large, popular beaches are near many different amenities and attractions. You might want to see what type of public transportation is available or if you’ll need to rent a car. If there is a decent public transportation system, take advantage of it instead of renting a car.
Better yet, if everything you need is nearby, walk everywhere.
If you’re planning day activities, your hotel might also have free shuttle services.
If you’re looking to buy drinkable sunscreen, you may want to think twice.
According to Radio Iowa, the Attorney General of Iowa is filing a lawsuit against a Colorado-based company that claims to have invented the world’s first drinkable sunscreen.
The company admits that the only ingredient in their product is water, but claims that the water imprints radio waves, which gives it special properties, according to Radio Iowa.
The lawsuit, filed against Osmosis LLC, Harmonized Water LLC and owner Benjamin Taylor Johnson, claims that the “company failed to adequately test its drinkable sunscreen,” Assistant Attorney General Steve St. Clair told Radio Iowa.
The state is seeking restitution for anyone who spent money on the product, which is selling for $30 to $40.
The state has asked the court to prevent the company from selling their products in Iowa.
Read more at Radio Iowa.
A deal being offered by the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism is offering travelers $300 in vouchers to visit the group of islands in 2017.
The discounts can be applied to "spending credits for historical (and) cultural tours and activities" at more than 25 participating hotels, according to the tourism department. According to Thrillist, that includes activities that feature "eco-tours, museums, food tours and kayaking adventures."
The islands, which have an average temperature of about 80 degrees year-round, are offering the deal this year as a way to celebrate the islands being sold by Denmark to the U.S. 100 years ago.
Travelers must spend at least three consecutive nights on St. John, St. Croix and/or St. Thomas to earn the travel credit. They must book the Caribbean stay on the official website by Oct. 1 and can book dates through Dec. 31.
Those who visit the tropical location in March, the month in which Denmark sold the islands, will also receive a "commemorative centennial souvenir."
See a list of participating hotels here.
Just in time for summer vacations and halfway points for paid time off, Travel + Leisure magazine has released its World's Best Awards, multiple lists identifying the best islands in the world, the best cities in the world, the best domestic airports and the best hotels in the U.S., among other desirable destinations and attractions.
Here are a few places to add to your bucket list, according to Travel + Leisure:
Top 10 cities around the world
10. Cape Town, South Africa
9. Savannah, Georgia
8. Barcelona, Spain
7. New Orleans, Louisiana
6. Kyoto, Japan
5. Luang Prabang, Laos
4. Florence, Italy
3. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
2. Chiang Mai, Thailand
1. Charleston, South Carolina
"Charleston is a remarkably dynamic place, so it's no surprise that it has achieved its highest ranking ever in our survey as this year's best city in the world," said Nathan Lump, the magazine's editor. "The city has managed to preserve all the qualities for which it is widely known -- a prime coastal setting, historic architecture, friendly locals -- while also nurturing a creative culture that is making it one of the most notable destinations for those who seek out interesting restaurants, bars and shops."
Top 10 islands around the world
10. Bali, Indonesia
9. Kauai, Hawaii
8. Hilton Head, South Carolina
7. Maui, Hawaii
6. Sebu, Phillippenes
5. Santorini, Greece
4. Waiheke Island, New Zealand
3. Ischia, Italy
1. Palawan, Philippines
Top 10 domestic airports
10. Portland International Jetport (PWM), Maine
9. Nashville International Airport (BNA), Tennessee
Tens of thousands of sharks were recently spotted just off the coast of Palm Beach County in Florida.
According to WPEC, aerial video shows the sharks moving from Palm Beach to Singer Island.
Dr. Stephen Kajiura, a biological sciences professor at Florida Atlantic University, took the video during his weekly black tip shark migration surveys.
Kajiura, who has been featured on “Shark Week,” said that there were not many sharks south of Boynton Beach or in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
He told WPEC that when his survey reached Palm Beach, "It was loaded—literally tens of thousands of sharks.”
"It's so cool," he said. "There are literally tens of thousands of sharks a stone's throw away from our shoreline. You could throw a pebble and literally strike a shark. They are that close."
He also said he saw large concentrations of sharks off the Jupiter Inlet.
Kajiura’s study of the sharks' migratory patterns will try to answer why the sharks are attracted to Palm Beach County waters.
Read more here.
A popular tourist site in Hawaii isn't an attraction promoted by the Pacifically located state. In fact, it's illegal for people to access the spot. And still, many people flock to Dead Man's Catwalk to bask in the beautiful beach views and to take pictures on the concrete slab.
Once called Kamehame Ridge, the popular hiking trail was renamed in 2012 after an unknown person spray-painted the words "Dead Man's Catwalk" on the cement walkway. A 40-minute trek to the spot, located on the island of Oahu, ends at the famous "catwalk," which appears to drop off into a mysterious abyss.
But now, officials at the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands want the catwalk removed, according to KHON2.
They're hoping doing away with the concrete slab will stop people from taking advantage of dangerous photo opportunities like these:
Yaaaaaaaaaaah! #tbt #almostdied #deadmanscatwalk A photo posted by Zancestan Espaniola (@mrromance_zance) on Feb 11, 2016 at 9:39am PST
when he can't take a hint... #deadmanscatwalk #hikingHawaii #rejected A photo posted by Jackie Dolski (@jackiedolski) on Sep 1, 2015 at 6:33pm PDT
Jumping off the end of the world #deadmanscatwalk #hawaii A photo posted by Heather Thompson (@therizzlehtizzle) on Feb 11, 2016 at 9:00pm PST
#ysbh #luckywelivehi #deadmanscatwalk Dead Mans Cat Walk! Amazing day! A photo posted by Jimmy Gilstrap (@kimoclay) on Feb 11, 2016 at 1:35am PST
Hanging out at #deadmanscatwalk A photo posted by Robert Shelton (@shelton_gator) on Feb 6, 2016 at 4:50pm PST
Just do it. - Shia Lebouf #inspiration #motivation #live #faith #inspire #inspired #amazing #nofilter #picoftheday #instagood #deadmanscatwalk #sky #ocean #beautiful #beautifulday #lovelyday #hawaii #hawaiilife #hawaiistagram #hawaiianstyle #hilife #instafollowers #epic #running #photography #jump #datass #endless #water #picture A photo posted by Grant Uchida (@grantuchida) on Feb 10, 2016 at 1:17pm PST
Aside from potentially dangerous situations that could result from a photo gone wrong, officials want to remind people that the area was never intended to attract hikers. The land that the trail is on is private property owned by Kamehameha Schools. Last year, the school system sent letters to bloggers and travel websites asking them to stop promoting the hike, Huffington Post reported.
The trail is surrounded by Federal Aviation Administration antennas, propane tanks and a telecommunications office. Kamehameha Schools said all three have been vandalized with increased foot traffic in the area.
“Wires to our building and equipment have been cut, and there’s graffiti covering our walls," Don Laidlaw, an engineer for one of the property's licensees, said in a press release. "We know that other agencies are getting hit, too. I’ve heard of one telecommunications office that was broken into and communications towers that have been damaged. It’s difficult to deal with."
At the entrance about to hike up to #deadmanscatwalk #hawaii #honolulu A photo posted by Char (@so___lo) on Jan 23, 2016 at 11:00am PST
Plus, the hike is dangerous. The Hawaii Fire Department has had to rescue people from the trail.
"Although there are numerous large ‘NO TRESPASSING’ signs at the entries and all along the road, there is a blatant disregard for the warnings," Laidlaw said. "It’s not a safe place for hiking enthusiasts."
The removal of the catwalk will cost approximately $48,000, but locals Hawaiians don't think removing the concrete slab will prevent many people from hiking the trail.
"I have done the hike six times and it has had nothing to do with the catwalk," Jaclyn Dolski, an Oahu resident, told Huffington Post. "The hike is a fast easy path to beautiful views of the ocean with a great sunrise."
Volunteers from Coolum and North Shore Coast Care in Queensland, Australia were treated to a rare sight on Sunday when a tiny, white turtle was found sitting newly hatched in a nest on Yaroomba's Castaways Beach.
“It was a surprise. We were amazed to see this small white creature with pink flippers,” said the group's president, Leigh Warneminde.
The group had been scanning the sands of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast to count empty shells and calculate how many new turtles had made it to sea when they found the special baby sitting on top of the nest.
"It is a very rare find," Warneminde said. "It is the first time I've see one."
The small albino green turtle was a little late in making his way out of the nest; his siblings had all already hatched and crawled away.
Dr. Col Limpus, Queensland's Government's Threatened Species Unit chief scientist, expanded on how rare an albino turtle is, stating, "Albino hatchlings are extremely rare; it probably occurs at the rate of one in many hundreds of thousands of eggs that are laid."
Unfortunately, that rarity doesn’t bode well for the tiny turtle’s future.
Normal hatchlings only have a 1-in-1,000 chance of making it to maturity, and the white hatchling’s color makes him an easy spot for predators.
"They're not particularly suited with color patterns that would blend and camouflage within the environment, and they're more likely to be taken by predators," said Limpus.
But Warneminde wasn’t too worried about the little guy, commenting, “He was quite vigorous while walking from the nest to the ocean."
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