DOG LIFE: A billion dollar industry

A dog does not need a Louis Vuitton or Versace leash or a collar from Saks 5th; that’s more for the owner. The dog does not need Baccarat crystal food/water bowls; again it’s catering towards the owner and not the dog.

ECOWATCH: Sharks are not bad guys … we are

Florida has topped the global charts in shark bite numbers for decades. The trend continued in 2021 researchers said. Out of 73 reported unprovoked incidents around the world last year, 28 were in Florida, representing 60 percent of the total cases in the U.S. and 38 percent worldwide. That number was consistent with Florida’s most recent five-year annual average of 25-shark attacks.

Turtle tracks: Turtle facts you might not know

The Boca Grande Sea Turtle Patrol Team volunteers patrol the beach zones watching over the nests and care for them as needed. When the sea turtle season grows to a close, they also document the number of hatchlings hatched and unhatched, the number of hatchlings destroyed, and the number of dead and alive hatchlings in the nests and count the total of all the eggs in the nests. The patrol mainly documents the activity of the loggerhead sea turtle, but has recently documented an uptick in green sea turtle nests as well. The loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta) is easily distinguished by its relatively large head. The green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) gets its name from the greenish color of its body fat and has the presence of a pair of scales on the front of its forehead. The loggerhead and the green sea turtle alike create specific tracks in the sand providing clues for identification.

REMEMBRANCES: America in 1962, when the world almost ended

In the U.S., rumors were spreading that the Soviets were doing something in that island nation just 90 miles from our shores. But what? We had been sending U.S. Air Force U-2 spy planes over Cuba since the end of the failed Bay of Pigs mission, but the flights had been halted on September 10 due to highly publicized U-2 incidents elsewhere around the globe. When ground-based intelligence pointed to offensive missile sites, the overflights were reinstated on October 9, and on October 14, photographic evidence was gathered that the Soviets were indeed constructing medium-range and intermediate-range ballistic missile launchers there. After verification by CIA specialists on October 15, the President was notified of their findings on October 16.

ASK-A-DOC: Beat the heat – with summer in full swing, here are some ways to keep your cool

Make sure you’re getting in the water your body needs, which is likely to be more than what you need in other seasons. Our bodies try to cool down through the natural process of sweating, which can cause dehydration. This makes it essential to drink more water, especially if you’re working or exercising outdoors. Interestingly, CDC studies show that among U.S. adults, plain water intake is significantly lower in older adults.

TURTLE TRACKS: Turtle facts you might not know

Warmer temperatures result in female turtles, while males hatch from colder eggs. Rising temperatures pose a risk to sea turtle populations because more females would hatch, making it difficult to find a mate.