You find them in the most improbable places, wedged under a rock, crammed into a beer bottle, curled inside an old tire.
Their camouflage is extraordinary, often blending so perfectly with their surroundings that the only thing that gives them away is the sight of a row of suckers on a coiled tentacle. Or, sometimes, a telltale pile of shells outside a hole, remnants of recent meals.
Meet the octopus, one of the most fascinating creatures in the sea.
via Octopi are common in the Gulf of Mexico, and as smart as cats | AL.com.
ORANGE BEACH, AL — The sheer enormity of it all concerns David Walter of Reef Maker.
“It’s almost scary,” Walter admits. “I really haven’t tried to market it too much we’ve been so busy. We’ve got big projects.”
via Reef business booming, David Walter says – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – If a skinny kid with bangs neatly crossing his forehead and an adolescent smile bristling with braces motors up to your dock or rides his bike into your yard and starts talking about citrus trees, you might want to pay attention.
via Teen citrus expert hopes to put the orange back in Orange Beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
In February with the wind howling out of the north and a trip to the beach was less than appealing, four, two-man crews were out every day, walking the beaches and picking up tar balls. News 5 was with the crews as they surveyed 32 miles of coastline collecting what is washing up four years after the the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
via News 5 Exclusive: ADEM Report Shows Continuing Impacts of BP Oil
GULF SH0RES, AL – Orange Beach officials want to own and operate their own school system separate from Baldwin County Schools. Gulf Shores officials want their own new school, but staying within the framework of the county system. What they both really want, Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft said, is the same thing.
via Craft: Gulf Shores and Orange Beach share the same educational goals – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
GULF SHORES, AL – Mayor Robert Craft and members of the City Council have announced that they are strategically exploring the development of an innovative academic campus on city-owned property at the corner of County Road 8 and the Baldwin Beach Express.
via Gulf Shores proposes development of innovative academic campus – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — Easter is all of the Buzz on Pleasure Island! Here’s what’s happening.
via Orange Beach Buzzz – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Business.
GULF SHORES, AL - On April 13 at approximately 7 p.m., a traffic crash occurred in the 3700 block of Gulf Shores Parkway. GSPD officers responded to the call and on arrival discovered that the accident involved a car vs. motorcycle.
via UPDATE: Motorcycle rider killed in Gulf Shores accident identified – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
BAY MINETTE, Alabama – Baldwin County school system representatives were honored recently at the Alabama Community Education Conference in Montgomery.
via Baldwin County schools earn top honors at Alabama Community Education Conference | AL.com.
GULF SHORES, Alabama — South Baldwin Regional Medical Center will hold a golf tournament to benefit the American Heart Association. This year’s tournament will be held May 9 at The Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club in Gulf Shores.
via South Baldwin Regional Medical Center to hold golf tournament May 9 | AL.com.
MAGNOLIA SPRINGS, Alabama — The Stray Love Foundation, Inc., a foster-based animal advocacy group is have their annual Estate Sale to raise funds to help with the vetting of their many rescues. The sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 10 at the Magnolia Springs Community Hall at 14775 Oak St.
via Stray Love Foundation to hold estate sale to raise funds May 10 | AL.com.
Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency urged residents along Fish River and Styx River in Baldwin County to have an evacuation plan in place Monday night due to moderate flooding. Heavy rain has fallen for hours. As a result, river levels are rising and a flood warning from the National Weather Service is in effect.
via Baldwin County EMA warns of rising river levels: Have ‘plan in place’ to evacuate | AL.com.
DAPHNE, Ala. (WALA) – Monday, April 14, Daphne City Councilman John Lake told FOX10 News there are several issues with Mayor Dane Haygood’s private business venture to build a Hardee’s at the intersection of Hwy 181 and U.S. 90 in Malbis. Redsouth LLC, a development company privately owned by Daphne Mayor Dane Haygood, has already gotten approval to build the Hardee’s.
via Councilman displeased with mayor’s personal project | FOX10 News – Mobile.
A local pilot whose plane crashed last month was reunited with his rescuers Monday, April 14 during an appreciation ceremony in Fairhope. Fairhope city leaders say it was their quick thinking that saved the pilot’s life. His plane crashed at Sonny Callahan Airport March 8.
via Local pilot reunited with rescuers during ceremony | FOX10 News – Mobile.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) Spring Break for both Mobile and Baldwin County school children is in full swing this week. Huge crowds flooded local beaches on Saturday and Sunday.
via Spring Breakers on Beach Despite Weather – WPMI LOCAL 15 News – Top Stories.
April 14, 2014 — Gulf Shores (GSA) AND Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — The boundless breeze, soft sand and wondrous waters of Alabama’s beach communities welcome music mavens of all kinds throughout the summer and fall of 2014 for a variety of major events, such as Flora-Bama’s Shindig on the Sand, during Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism’s (GSOBT) Concerts at the Coast series.
via Shindig on the Sand part of Flora-Bama 50th anniversary – Orange Beach Community Website.
Thousands of families are enjoying life at the beach during the Mobile and Baldwin County school systems spring break this week. However, beach officials have issued a red flag warning today for rough surf and dangerous rip currents. Melvin Shepard, Aquatics and Beach Safety Director for the city of Orange Beach issued the alert this morning.
via Spring Break at the beach: Red flags and rip tide warnings | FOX10 News – Mobile.
GULF SHORES and ORANGE BEACH, Alabama — Here’s a collection of photos of spring breakers, vacationers and locals enjoying the beach and attractions Sunday, April 13, 2014.
via Spring breakers and beachgoers enjoy a sunny Sunday | AL.com.
The Alabama beach towns of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have a real condo culture. Most people rent a unit for the family; hotels and motels are almost as rare as rough seas.
via The kid-friendly side of Gulf Shores | Dallas Morning News.
GULF SHORES, Ala. — My wife resents my traveling to pleasurable destinations without her. To mitigate that envy, I will patiently recount all the humbling ordeals I had to endure. Such was the case on my recent trip to the Alabama Gulf Coast.
via Feast on coastal Alabama’s wildlife encounters, fanciful experiences | Dallas Morning News.