Ailing manatee rescued by SeaWorld team in waters off Canaveral National Seashore near NSB

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Courtesy photo / SeaWorld.

This manatee was rescued Wednesday n the waters of the Canaveral National Seashore suffering from an apparent injury resulting from contact with a boat, SeaWorld officials said.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- An endangered female manatee was rescued Wednesday after she was observed floarting near bthe surface and unable to submerge, officials with SeaWorld Orlando's Animal Rescue Team said.

The animal was rescued from the waters of the National Canaveral Seashore just south of New Smyrna Beach.

Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas: Be prepared for hurricane season

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Editor's Note: This June 4 message was sent out to media by Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas D-New Smyrna Beach (Fl-24):

June 1 marked the beginning of Florida’s annual hurricane season, which lasts through November. This year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
(http://email.capitolhillnewsonline.com) has projected that the Atlantic will experience an “active-to-extremely-active” season, with between 14 and 23 named tropical systems, including eight to 14
hurricanes with the possibility of three to seven of those developing into major hurricanes.

Discarded fishing line removed from struggling bottle-nose dolphin in Indian River Lagoon

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OAK HILL -- Discarded fishing line was removed from a bottle-nose dolphin Tuesday after the mammal was observed swimming in the Indian River Lagoon near Oak Hill with the line cutting into its dorsal fin, authorities said.

Rare North Atlantic whales spotted off NSB shoreline

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Courtesy photos/Kem McNair. New Smyrna Beach surfer and photographer KemMcNair took these photos last weekend of rare North Atlantic whales seen off the shore of New Smyrna Beach. Check out more of his photos at kemmcnair.com.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Boaters are being warned by state wildlife officials to back off from a group of rare North Atlantic right whales that have been spotted in the waters off New Smyrna Beach.

The law requires boaters, surfers, swimmers and others to stay at least 500 yards from endangered animals, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Bobcat spotted in NSB beachside near A1A high rises

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Courtesy photo/Julius Bruggeman. A bobcat like this one was reportedly seen earlier this month on the beachside in New  Smyrna Beach.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Some residents like Stan Kapp say they are nervous about walking at nights because of wild bobcats; while others are concerned these felines might get into their houses, which are not very far from the cats.

NSB/Edgewater Sea Scout: 'I helped clean up the river to protect the planet'

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NSBNEWS.net photo by Henry Frederick. Joshua Mysticka, 14, of Edgewater, who attends New Smyrna Beach Middle School and is a member of the Sea Scouts Ship 495, helped do his part for Saturday's annual Halifax/Indian River Clean-Pp sponsored by Volusia County. He retrieved this wire mesh along a shallow area of the Indian River in New Smyrna Beach.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Joshua Mystica spoke softly, but carried a big piece of junk.

St. Johns River Water Management District votes to conserve 1,402 acres in Southeast Volusia

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The St. Johns River Water Management District has voted today to purchase 1,402 acres for $3.9 million, approximately three miles north of the Brevard County border, the agency said in a press release.

the property is part of the Indian River Lagoon Blueway Florida Forever Project adjacent to the District's Turnbull Hammock Conservation Area. The property includes 1,213 acres of contiguous land and 189 acres of non-contiguous lots to the southeast.

Antlerless deer season through Nov. 21

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- General gun season is now open in the Central Zone, which is where we are located, through January. It is legal to take deer having one or more antler at least 5 inches in length visible above the hair line, wild hogs, rabbits, raccoons, opossums, coyotes, nutrias, skunks and beavers. All legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows, and handguns may be used.

If using a center-fire, semi-automatic rifle, it cannot have a magazine capacity exceeding five rounds. Fully automatic or silencer equipped rifles are illegal as are non-expanding, full metal case ammunition for the taking of deer. Using rim-fire ammunition is illegal to hunt deer. Antlerless deer season started Saturday and runs through Nov. 21. Limit is two deer daily regardless of sex. Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

Volusia County beaches home to record number of sea turtle nests this season

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The latest reports from Volusia County Environmental Management show 634 sea turtle nests on Volusia County beaches so far this nesting season, which began May 1.

Of these, 16 are green sea turtles and 618 are loggerheads, historically the most common turtles to nest on Volusia County’s beaches. The previous record high for turtle nests was 628 in 1999. In 2007, officials logged 562 nests.