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Movie review written by Jon Patch with 2.5 out of 4 paws

Fighting with My Family

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Channel 4 Television Corporation and Film4 present a PG-13, 108 minute, Biography, Comedy, Drama film directed and written by Stephen Merchant with a theatre release date of February 14, 2019.

 

 
 

The Florida Aquarium is excited to announce being voted third in the nationwide USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice Awards for Best Aquarium!

The Florida Aquarium, accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and 19 other aquariums were nominated by a panel of experts to represent the best aquariums in North America recognized for their fun and educational setting, high quality exhibits and visitor interactions, and the vital role they play in animal conservation by taking part in rescue efforts and advocating for the health of our oceans. The Florida Aquarium was the only aquarium representing Florida in the Best Aquariums category.

“To be nationally recognized in the top three is both exciting and humbling in view of the other world-class aquariums that were in consideration. We want to thank everyone in Tampa Bay, Florida and the nation for their overwhelming support,” said Roger Germann, President and CEO of The Florida Aquarium. “For 23 years our aquarium friends and fans have allowed us to advance ocean conservation through community collaboration, education and entertainment, as well as rolling up our sleeves to save endangered animals through our conservation and research efforts. This vote further signifies we’re doing our part to protect and restore our blue planet for future generations.”

About The 10Best Readers’ Choice Award

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote via online voting, which took place from April 1-30. Visit 10best.com for in depth information.

 

Michelle Uhlig, Dr. Ari Fustukjian and Alex De Mola holding a radiated tortoise from The Florida Aquarium with a box of medical supplies that is on its way to Madagascar to help treat the confiscated tortoises.Credit: The Florida Aquarium.
 

Today, critical medical supplies from The Florida Aquarium are on their way to Madagascar to treat thousands of tortoises that were confiscated from a single residence in the city of Toliara in Madagascar.
 
On April 10, the Turtle Survival Alliance, a global partnership of individuals, zoos, aquariums, biologists and researchers who have joined together to help conserve threatened and endangered tortoise and turtle species, confiscated 10,976 critically endangered radiated tortoises from a personal residence.
 
The tortoises have been temporarily transferred to Villages de Tortues, a secure facility in Madagascar where the animals are receiving initial health evaluations, hydration and triage, but even within the first few days, hundreds of tortoises died from dehydration, malnutrition and illness. As of April 12, 9,760 tortoises are alive, but need immediate help. 
 
More than 20 institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums are sending medical supplies, team members or funds to care for the sick or injured tortoises. The first wave of responders arrived in Madagascar April 23. Many of the animals are in relatively good health and are only in need of water and food. However, responders are currently treating more than 1,000 animals for various conditions from severe to mild and they are still working through the initial assessments to determine if more tortoises have similar conditions. Numerous deceased animals have been sent to onsite veterinarians for necropsy (animal autopsy). 
 
“Illegal wildlife trade is a major problem and can have devastating impacts on sensitive animals like these that are already suffering from other major problems, like habitat loss. This case hits particularly close to home since Day, Night, and Dusk, our three radiated tortoises in the Journey to Madagascar gallery, are here to help educate the public about these very threats,” said Dr. Ari Fustukjian, Associate Veterinarian at The Florida Aquarium. “We are always saddened to hear about cases of illegal animal trafficking, but to see something of this magnitude is truly disheartening. What’s encouraging is to see how people and organizations like ours can pull together to help provide relief.”
 
Madagascar’s radiated tortoise population is threatened with extinction due to rampant hunting for its meat and the illegal pet trade. Radiated tortoises have a unique high dome-shaped shell, covered with a beautiful star-like pattern, which is why they are often collected illegally from the wild in southern Madagascar and shipped to other countries to be sold as pets. The species has been protected by international law since 1975, and was upgraded to “Critically Endangered” in 2008, meaning that they are at risk of extinction.
 
According to the Turtle Survival Alliance, this is the largest confiscation of tortoises or freshwater turtles in the history of the organization, and president and CEO Rick Hudson, believes these animals were destined to be part of the illegal pet trade.
 
Want to help? You can visit the Turtle Survival Alliance here.

The Florida Aquarium to assist in recovery effort of Florida’s coral reef following hurricane damage

 
Top: A team during one of the first assessment trips to assess the damage of Florida's coral reefs after hurricane damage. From left to right: Laurie MacLaughlin (NOAA Florida Keys Sanctuary); Jessica Levy (Coral Restoration Foundation); Mark Riss; Deb Riss; Dave Grenda (The Florida Aquarium volunteers); Brenda Altmeier (NOAA Florida Keys Sanctuary); and Dave Rintoul (The Florida Aquarium Dive Safety Officer) Left: The Florida Aquarium's Dave Safety Officer, Dave Rintoul, attaches coral fragments to an existing coral tree in the Coral Restoration Foundation's nursery. These activities were conducted under permit FKNMS-2015-133-A1. Right: Coral Restoration Foundation staff member Jessica Levy surveying health of corals at Sombrero Key.
 
What: After assessing the damage caused by Hurricane Irma on Florida’s coral reefs, The Florida Aquarium is helping the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and other organizations repair the damage and help the reef recover. The Aquarium will be providing triage support including repositioning overturned, centuries old boulder corals; reattaching broken and fragmented pieces of coral; and removing debris.

When: The team will be traveling to the Florida Keys from Nov. 12-18,

Where: The Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, Florida.

For more information on the assessment and recovery initiative:

After assessing the damage caused by Hurricane Irma on Florida’s coral reefs, The Florida Aquarium is helping the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and other organizations repair the damage and help the reef recover. The Aquarium will be by providing triage support including repositioning overturned, centuries old boulder corals; reattaching broken and fragmented pieces of coral; and removing debris.

Coral reefs cover two percent of the ocean floor but are home to 25 percent of marine life in the ocean. They provide critical habitat for other species such as sea turtles, dolphins and sharks, as well as help protect coastlines from storms.

“Healthy coral reefs are adapted to withstand hurricanes. In fact, they protect shorelines by dissipating wave energy, but the reef ecosystem in the Florida Keys has been heavily compromised and is found in small patches compared to what once existed. So when a huge hurricane like Irma hits, damage to corals can be devastating. They now need our help to recover. A healthy, living and thriving reef means a healthy, living and thriving ocean,” said Margo McKnight Senior VP of Conservation, Research and Husbandry at The Florida Aquarium.

Last month, assessments of the Florida coral reef tract following hurricane Irma showed significant impact on natural coral reefs and manmade ocean-based coral nurseries throughout the Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas, as well as the broader Caribbean.

Large hurricanes can cause extensive damage on land, as well as under the sea, especially for corals that cannot leave their home to flee for safety.

Initial assessments of more than 50 sites revealed extensive shifting of sand and heavy sediment accumulation on the corals and sponges, which can smother and prevent them from getting enough sunlight, as well as some structural damage to individual corals and the reef itself. A full report is expected later this fall.

To help assist in the recovery of corals on the continental United States’ only barrier coral reef, The Florida Aquarium is helping NOAA, federal and state governmental agencies, academic institutions and other nonprofit organizations perform emergency recovery/restoration and assist with the stabilization and recovery of corals that sustained damage following the hurricane.

“During the assessment trips, it was very eye-opening to see these hundred-year-old corals snapped in two, with broken pieces sprawled all throughout the ocean floor. The assessment process identified damaged areas of the coral reef tract that could benefit from triage and restoration, so this next trip is to visit some of those sites and help stabilize them,” said Keri O’Neil, Coral Nursery Manager at The Florida Aquarium.

The Florida reef tract, much of which lies within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and Biscayne Bay National Park, contains seven coral species designated as threatened.

The Florida Aquarium staff will leave to travel to the Keys to help repair certain coral sites on Sunday, Nov. 12. Dive and repair days are Nov. 13 – 17, and the team will return home on Nov. 18. The Florida Aquarium will send updates with photos and videos during the assessment days, as possible.

This massive initiative involves several branches of NOAA, National Park Service, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Nova Southeastern University, Coral Restoration Foundation, The Nature Conservancy-Florida and The Florida Aquarium, with funding provided through a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and administered through the Coral Restoration Foundation.

The Florida Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to entertain, educate and inspire stewardship about our natural environment. The Florida Aquarium is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA).
Copyright © 2017. The Florida Aquarium. All rights reserved.

Review written by 10 year old Lela Costa with 3 out of 4 paws

Cars 3

Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios present a G rated, 109 minute, Animation, Adventure, Comedy, directed by Brian Free, original story by Free and Ben Queen with a theater release date of June 16, 2017.

Talkin' Pets News

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producr - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Special Guests - Dr. Richard Goldstein - Animal Medical Center NYC - Deadly Disease Leptospirosis

Michelle Volk - CEO and Founder of Noah's Bark dog biscuits

 

Nestled between Sarasota and Fort Myers on Southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach area is a premier Florida ecotourism destination offering the best of Florida’s world-class fishing all in one place. With inshore mangroves, grass flats, open waters in the harbor, and the offshore action in the Gulf of Mexico, the area offers several different ways to experience Florida fishing at its finest. Of which, one of the area’s best-kept secrets is how great tarpon fishing is in Charlotte Harbor during the summer months, this year being no exception!

This May, avid anglers from all over of Florida (and across the globe) will visit Charlotte Harbor and Boca Grande Pass with hopes of reeling in the silver king at the The World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the two-day tournament, which boasts $80,000 in prize money and is being held on Thursday and Friday, May 25-26. Festivities begin on Wednesday evening with the annual Captains’ Meeting, where captains and anglers gather to discuss the rules of the tournament and socialize before the competition begins. Fishing will take place on Thursday and Friday in Boca Grand Pass. Festivities will commence with an awards ceremony held downtown on Friday night.

The sport fishing fun and competition in Charlotte Harbor though isn’t just for the grownups this summer. Kids can reel in big fun and fish too at the Gasparilla Island Kids Classic Tarpon Tournament, which will be held Saturday, June 10. The world’s greatest kids fishing tournament for children ages 15 and under, not only will 100 percent of the entry fees be donated to charities helping other kids and families, but more than $10,000 in prizes will be awarded to participating captains and anglers. In addition to the tournament competition, there will be complimentary food and drinks, exhibits, and a family interactive art show.

Internationally renowned as one of the world’s top sport fishing destinations, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach’s Charlotte Harbor sits on Florida’s second-largest marine estuary and is often referred to as the Tarpon Capitol of the World. Peak season for tarpon fishing is May – June; however, the destination is a year-round ecological breeding ground for numerous fish, such as Snook, Redfish, Grouper, Snapper, King Fish, Barracuda and Mackerel.

Throughout the year, more than 25 experienced fishing guides and charter services are available that cater specifically to the fly fishing angler and all other methods of fishing. Some of our top picks include: Captain Ralph Allen with King Fisher Fleet, Captain Josh Greer with XXL Outdoors, and Captain Les Hill.

Review written by Jon Patch with 2.5 paws out of 4

Gifted

Fox Searchlight Pictures, Grade A Entertainment, TSG Entertainment and FilmNation Entertainment present a 101 minute, PG-13, Drama, directed by Marc Webb and written by Tom Flynn with a theater release date of April 7, 2017.

Talkin' Pets 10/22/16

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Dr. Anne Lampru

Producer - Daisy Charlotte

Network Producer - Ben Boquist

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Special Guests - Author Abigail Tucker will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 10/22/16 at 5pm EST to discuss and give away her new book "The Lion in the Living Room" How House Cats Tamed Us And Took Over The World

Dave Merrick, President of Neutricks, LLC. will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 10/22/16 at 630pm EST to discuss and give away Neutricks for Dogs & Cats

Review written with 3 out of 4 paws

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Twentieth Century Fox, TSG Entertainment, Bulletproof Cupid, Chernin Entertainment and Scope Pictures presents a PG-13, 3D, 127 minute, Fantasy, Adventure, directed by Tim Burton, screenplay by Jane Goldman and novel by Ransom Riggs with a theater release date of September 30, 2016.

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