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Coast Guard Auxiliary Patrols IRL for Cold- shocked Wildlife
During the recent cold snaps, unusually cold temperatures were especially dangerous to local wild- life. As cold-blooded reptiles, sea turtles are especially vulnerable as their body temperature matches the surrounding water. They go into shock and can quickly die
if water temperatures fall below 50oF. The Green and Loggerhead Turtles are common in the Indian River Lagoon, especially juveniles. These smaller, younger, turtles are even more likely to die in cold water.
As air temperatures in Brevard County dipped into the upper
30’s during the early morning hours of Friday, the 5th of January, water temperatures of 51oF were
observed in the Banana River. My midday, Sykes Creek Barge Canal water temperatures were
o observed as low as 48 F. These
waters were chilled to dangerous levels, especially for sea turtles.
The morning of January
5 also saw the local Coast
Guard Auxiliary on patrol. With coxswains Jack Miller and Greg Hendricks onboard Patrol Boat EcoTours, this patrol team was uniquely quali ed to look for distressed marine animals. Greg
is an experienced member of the Sea Turtle Standing Team, oper- ated jointly by the Florida Wildlife Commission and Sea Turtle Pres- ervation Society. As a quali ed STST member, he is permitted to handle sea turtles in distress. This is important because all sea turtles are protected by the Federal Gov- ernment’s Endangered Species Act. Greg is also a Florida licensed Master Ecologist.
The patrol team was also on the lookout for stressed manatees and porpoises. Fortunately, no stressed animals were encoun-
tered during
the morning patrol. While
on cold-weather patrol other mis- sion objectives included: looking for pollution; scouting naviga- ble waters, bridg- es, and channel markers to spot problems; assist- ing encountered distressed boaters; and, providing a ready response platform for search & rescue.
Brevard Coun- ty’s three Coast Guard Auxiliary
Flotillas together
operate 12 patrol
boats and one aircraft. Last year, they logged 24,000 hours of support to Team Coast Guard, mostly within the county. In 2018, the Auxiliary plans to increase the number of its available patrol platforms on the IRL. It is actively recruiting volun- teers to achieve this goal.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard and supports the Coast Guard in nearly all mission areas. The Auxiliary was created by Congress in 1939. For more information, please visit www. SS
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Photo by Gayle Hendricks Merritt Island, Fla. Auxiliary Coxswains Greg Hendricks (r) & Jack Miller (l) depart
on cold weather patrol the morning of 5 Jan 2018. Both are wearing Coast Guard immersion suites, required for operations in waters below 60oF. Patrol tasks included the Coast Guard’s living marine resources mission, which helps protect endangered species.
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stars Judy Dench as Queen Victoria, who strikes up an unlikely friendship with her young Indian clerk. Thur, Feb 8 at 2pm. PG-13, FREE
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