Florida scuba divers Derek Demeter and Henry Sadler found a four-foot, 50-pound mammoth femur embedded in the sand at the bottom of the Peace River last Sunday. In an interview with The Orlando Sentinel , they called it a "once-in-a-lifetime" discovery. "When you uncover this fossil and realize there were these giant, elephant-like creatures roaming around what was probably once a grassland in Florida, it gives you a sense of wonder for what it was like back in ancient times," Demeter, the director of Seminole State College's Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust Planetarium, said. "It's kind of like our way of time traveling. It makes your imagination go wild." The pair had originally intended to head to Venice to search for shark teeth that day, April 25, but strong winds deterred them, Sadler told NBC2 . Instead, the dive buddies decided to take a dip in the Peace River, a waterway located in the city of Arcadia. "[Henry] came up, and he's like, 'Derek, I found something … [Read more...] about Scuba Divers Find Rare Ice Age Mammoth Bone at Bottom of Florida River
In a Tuesday news conference, Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis threatened to revoke the alcohol licenses of bars and restaurants that fail to follow mandatory social distancing measures meant to slow the spread of COVID-19. His comments came one day after 13 employees and 28 patrons of The Knight's Pub in Orlando tested positive for COVID-19. A state inspector found the business wasn't enforcing social distancing measures and suspended its alcohol license. Since June 9, Florida has averaged 33 coronavirus-related deaths each day. The number of newly confirmed coronavirus cases has spiked to nearly 3,000 to 4,000 each day since June 18. As of June 23, Florida ranks seventh among U.S. with the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases. DeSantis said that Halsey Beshears, Secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, would be "the grim reaper for business licenses" as her offices check companies for compliance. "If you go in and it's just like … [Read more...] about Florida Gov. Threatens Licenses of Businesses That Ignore Social Distancing
Florida's Disney World theme parks are evaluating their current COVID-19 safety guidelines in place following new legislation signed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis that suspended all remaining local government COVID-19 mandates and restrictions, including mask requirements. DeSantis issued two new executive orders "suspending all local emergency orders until July 1, 2021, at which point local orders will be permanently invalidated," the governor's office said in a statement Monday. Private businesses, such as theme parks and hospitals, are still able to impose their restrictions. According to a pop-up message on the My Disney Experience mobile app, Disney World said: "We are aware of the state of Florida's plans announced today to modify COVID-19 guidelines. We will evaluate this latest guidance and maintain our current health and safety measures at this time, including face covering requirements." A screenshot of the message was shared Monday by Jason Cochran, the author … [Read more...] about Ron DeSantis Mask Order Leads Disney to Evaluate Regulations at Florida Theme Parks
Divers in Florida made a monster find on Sunday (May 2): A 4-foot (1.2 meters) mammoth leg bone. The divers, Derek Demeter and Henry Sadler, found the 50-pound (22.7 kilograms) bone in the Peace River near Acadia, Florida. "Henry is my dive buddy," Demeter, who is the planetarium director at Seminole State University, told Fox 35 . "He yelled out to me, said, 'Hey, Derek. I found something!' Oh my goodness!' It was really, really cool." Related: 10 extinct giants that once roamed North America Image 1 of 3 Image 2 of 3 Image 3 of 3 The two friends dive regularly in southwest Florida, and they have previously found mammoth teeth in the river. The same day they discovered the leg bone, they also found several small fossils from extinct sharks and the tooth of a saber-tooth cat, they told the news station. The new mammoth bone was buried in a layer of sand. Its age is unclear, but Columbian mammoths ( Mammuthus columbi ) roamed as far … [Read more...] about Divers discover massive thigh bone from Ice Age mammoth in Florida river
Thirty-five members of the largest Asian elephant herd in the western hemisphere are being shipped to a lush new habitat at Florida's White Oak Conservation Center — a far cry from the days of forced performances and conditions that many animal lovers considered abusive. The elephants are retirees from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Just beginning in the spring, the first 12 animals in the herd have been sent to the conservation center just south of the Florida-Georgia line. For conservationist Michelle Gadd, it is a dream come true. "A lot of kids have this dream of running away and joining the circus," Gadd told CBS News' Manuel Bojorquez. "Well, I was that kid who wanted to run away and let all the animals out of the circus." Elephant attractions were a part of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's circus for most of its 146-year history. They retired the act in 2016 after years of public outcry against what many considered to be animal … [Read more...] about A herd of former Ringling Bros. circus elephants retired to Florida. This is their beautiful new home.