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Marine life begins to return to the Emerald Coast

Stingrays are returning to the area in droves. (WJHG)
Stingrays are returning to the area in droves. (WJHG)(WJHG)
Published: May. 9, 2020 at 9:01 PM CDT
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As waters in the Gulf continue to warm, you'll start seeing more and more animals returning to our area.

Cow-nosed rays and devil rays have already begun appearing across the coasts, and their numbers will only increase over the next few months.

"This time of year, and actually throughout the summer a lot of times you'll see large schools of cow-nosed rays," said NOAA Research Biologist Dr. John Carlson. "In some areas, I have seen drone footage of schools in the hundreds."

And those aren't the only sea critters coming back.

"As the waters keep warming up we are gonna continue to see more sharks returning to the area as well. This is a time of year where a lot of the local bays and estuaries like St. Joe Bay, Tyndall Sound, St. Andrew Sound, or even here in St. Andrews Bay, the adult female sharks move into those areas to give birth," Carlson said.

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