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Oil spill may be pushing sharks toward Florida beaches

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The appearance of a huge man-eating shark near a Florida beach on the cusp of the summer swimming season would not usually evoke a sympathetic response from either beachgoers or local tourism boosters. But the discovery of a weakened, disoriented tiger shark — measuring more than 11 feet and weighing some 800 pounds — in the surf of Nokomis Beach last month has become something of a poignant symbol for what scientists fear most from the Gulf oil spill: the…

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New beer to help fund bird rehab

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Tampa Bay Brewing Company and Florida Aquarium will be serving up a specially brewed beer on Friday to help the rehabilitation efforts for marine life affected by the oil leak along the Gulf coast. The owners of Tampa Bay Brewing Company will launch the new beer, named New Horizon (to reflect the changing Gulf waters as a result of the Deepwater Horizon tragedy), at an event at 5 p.m. Friday. Two dollars from every New Horizon sold will be donated…

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