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Watch: Seminole Alligator Pursuit

Seminole, Florida -- The following information and the video above were submitted from Gilbert Rainault in Seminole in the early morning hours of Tuesday, May 10:

"A gator was spotted at 8389 Parkwood Blvd. in Seminole. Deputies tried to corner it until the trapper arrived, (but) the gator wasn't going for that, so the gator started roaming the neighborhood with deputies following it`s every move. Deputies finally got two lines around the gator and tied it to a fire hydrant and light pole (to restrain it). The gator was very aggressive.

Trapper Jon Wilson showed up and the gator even took him for a ride. Mr. Wilson measured the gator and it was 8 foot 8 inches long. He told me it weighed around 200 pounds!"

First sea turtle nest of the season

First sea turtle nest of the season

Clearwater Beach, Florida -- The first sea turtle nest of the season has been found on Sand Key beach.

Staff from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium located the nest on Friday, May 6. They also found a "false crawl" where it appears a turtle came ashore on Madeira Beach, but did not lay any eggs.

The nesting season runs from now through September. Last year, 119 nests were found along the 26 miles of Pinellas County beaches.

The Aquarium reminds all coastal residents:

Rabies vaccine distributed in Pasco, Pinellas

Rabies vaccine distributed in Pasco, Pinellas

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) -- Federal agriculture officials will distribute oral rabies vaccine baits around Pasco and Pinellas counties this month in hopes of trying to control rabies in raccoons.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says about 60 bait stations will be strategically placed where raccoons tend to roam. The bait is coated with fishmeal, and people and pets cannot get rabies from contact with the substance.

Lights out to protect sea turtles

Lights out to protect sea turtles

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Sea turtle nesting season begins May 1 and ends Oct. 31. Because newly hatched turtles find their way to the sea by following the natural light reflected by the water, city ordinances determine specific lighting requirements for beach parking lots, streets, and promenades.

If you live near the beach, make sure you shut off or dim your lights at night. This precaution can reduce the amount of artificial light that reaches turtle nests and will help hatchlings reach the water safely. The Tampa Bay area averages about 120 nests each season, and each nest can contain an average of 100 to 110 eggs.

Easter Ape Hunt EGGstravaganza

Easter Ape Hunt EGGstravaganza

Palm Harbor, FL -- The Easter Ape Hunt EGGstravaganza is being held on the grounds of the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary at 4600 Alt 19,  just south of Klosterman Road.


It will be held on both Saturday and Sunday, April 16 & 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Stroll amongst the primate residents and other "friends" that inhabit the animal rescue charity's grounds.

Be the first to see local dolphin's debut in theaters

Be the first to see local dolphin's debut in theaters

Clearwater, Florida – The first promotional movie trailer for Dolphin Tale, the Warner Bros.-based Alcon Entertainment major motion picture filmed at Clearwater Marine Aquarium will begin airing in theaters nationwide Friday, April 8. The teaser trailer, 1:45 minutes in length, will be seen prior to the inspirational movie Soul Surfer.

The 3-D version of the teaser trailer will first be seen beginning April 15 with the national launch of the animated movie RIO. The teaser trailer will be followed in late May with a new full length 2:30 minute trailer.

Gulf grouper fishing opens April 1

Gulf grouper fishing opens April 1

Gulf Coast -- The recreational harvest of shallow-water groupers in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters off Florida, except in all waters of Monroe County, reopens on April 1. 

However, the recreational harvest of gag grouper is still prohibited in Gulf federal waters off Florida (beyond nine nautical miles from shore).  Also, persons on federally permitted for-hire reef fish vessels may not harvest or possess gag grouper in both federal and state Gulf waters (within nine nautical miles from shore).

The Gulf recreational shallow-water grouper fishery (gag, black, red, yellowfin, scamp, yellowmouth, rock hind and red hind) has been closed since Feb. 1 to protect gag grouper, which are often found and caught with the other grouper species.