Former Floating Casino Becomes Part of Artificial Reef

The Texas Star was sunk on Redbird Reef in the Atlantic Ocean on June 29. DNREC photo.

With a slow splash, the 180-foot long Texas Star, originally outfitted as a floating casino and repurposed as a commercial fishing vessel, recently became part of Delaware’s artificial reef system. The reef site is 16.5 miles off the Delaware coast. “With today’s sinking of the Texas Star on Redbird Reef, one of 14 separate reef…

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Planned Balloon Releases Are Now Illegal In Md.

Photo courtesy of Maryland Natural Resources

Planned balloon releases are now against the law in Maryland. The ban officially takes effect today. Anyone who is 13 or older is prohibited from intentionally releasing balloons or organizing or participating in a mass release of ten or more balloons. “In Maryland it’s now illegal to be a plastic balloon litterbug and that’s good…

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MERR Institute Treats Rescued Seal Pup

A male seal pup was rescued April 19th in the area of Gordon's Pond (photo courtesy of MERR Institute)

A gray seal pup has been rescued from the Gordon’s Pond area. According to the Marine Education Research and Rehabilitation Institute, the male seal was found to be underweight and with bite wounds on Monday. Otherwise, the pup is described as ‘alert and feisty’ at the time. The MERR Institute is still evaluating the seal,…

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Gray Seal Pup Rescued, Rehabilitated, Released

Photo courtesy of MERR Institute

As spring begins, Lewes-based Marine Education Research and Rehabilitation Institute has been responding to several seal rescues. A gray seal pup was found on the South Bethany Beach over the weekend and was determined to be under-nourished. After receiving treatment, the pup named Maxwell was released at a beach along Delaware Bay. “This young seal…

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