How cold has effected the Octopuses and other species in FL.

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  1. CaptFish

    CaptFish Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    We recently had a cold snap down here is Florida our temps were setting record lows daily. Through this cold snap I was wondering what our eight legged friends were doing to stay warm, well I got the call this morning and found out.

    I spoke to a fellow captain who was crazy enough to go out on those really cold days. He reported back with all kinds of strange sightings and weird fish behaviors. Including fish swimming in circles, swimming upside down,and even jumping in the boat, on top of the fact that he spotted thousands of pounds of dead fish. He also reported seeing hundreds and thousands of dead octopuses on the beaches of the islands in Biscayne Bay. He said it appeared as though they were trying to crawl out of the water to get warm. He reported seeing many different sizes and species, but briareus is the only only we could identify.(He has seen Legs so he knew) I had not seen it myself yet as I have been staying warm or stone crabbing lately. I may take the boat out later and investigate......interesting as I am typing this the FWC (Florida Wildlife Commission) is announcing the closure of certain fisheries for the remainder of the year.....

    http://www.myfwc.com/NEWSROOM/10/statewide/News_10_X_ColdWeatherSaltFishKills1.htm
     
  2. Nancy

    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    This is very sad news, for all the sea creatures affected. Very sorry to hear about the octopuses - shouldn't they had headed for deeper water to find more warmth?

    This would be a good oppurtunity to find out what species showed up. There must be many that we rarely see.

    Thanks for giving us a first hand account.

    Nancy
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    I asked one of the people with CRF (FL Keys) and they too are seeing lots of dead fish. I know Ken does not have heat in some of the housing space but they have added space heaters so the captured livestock for Sea Life Inc and Island Marine Life are surviving.
     
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    SgS180 O. vulgaris Registered

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    Thats sad to hear. *grabs water proof electric blankets* Ok ppl, we've got work to do lol
     

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