Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:15 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:15:57 GMT
Part of the coast is being invaded this week by termites. Millions swarmed across Harrison County Wednesday night. Several WLOX viewers called our newsroom to tell us about it. One person called whileMore >>
Part of the coast is being invaded this week by termites. Millions swarmed across Harrison County Wednesday night.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 2:25 PM EDT2013-05-23 18:25:50 GMT
The picture of a George County dog set on fire is disturbing. Authorities say the circumstances surrounding how fire consumed the dog are shocking. According to George County Sheriff Dean Howell, 20-year-oldMore >>
The picture of a George County dog set on fire is disturbing. Authorities say the circumstances surrounding how fire consumed the dog are shocking. According to George County Sheriff Dean Howell, 20-year-old Brandon Pierce allegedly set his dog on fire Tuesday night. The suspect told deputies he torched the dog because he "wanted to help the dog go to heaven."More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:25 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:25:10 GMT
The search is on in north Picayune for two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee. Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were last seen leaving a mobile home on Pea Ridge Road in Picayune.More >>
Two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee were captured around 6:30 Thursday morning according to Pearl River Sheriff's Department. According to Pearl River County Sheriff David Allison, Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were caught at the corner of Ozona Richardson Road and Richardson Road just after sunrise. That's the same general area authorities had searched Wednesday and early Thursday morning.More >>
Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:19 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:19:04 GMT
Don't panic. It's normal. That's what pest control specialists are saying about the swarms of termites spotted across south Mississippi. After receiving calls and posts from many of our WLOX viewers concernedMore >>
Don't panic. It's normal. That's what pest control specialists are saying about the swarms of termites spotted across south Mississippi.More >>
PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) -
For the first time in more than 20 years, Loggerhead Turtle nests have been discovered on the mainland beaches of Mississippi.
The most recent Loggerhead Turtle nest was discovered on the beach in Pass Christian. It's now cordoned off and posted with warning signs, since it's a federal offense to disturb the nest.
You can clearly see the tracks when the mother turtle trudged ashore, laid her eggs and then returned to the water.
"The majority of nesting in Mississippi waters occurs on the barrier islands. Hopefully this is a new phenomena that we'll be dealing with increasing nesting on the mainland," said Dr. Andy Coleman with the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies.
It will take 50 to 60 days for the eggs to incubate. The hatchlings will then head for the water, which will reflect the light of the moon.
But there are concerns about artificial lights.
"One of the threats that sea turtle hatchlings face is artificial lighting. And so that's one thing we'll have to keep an eye on the mainland is the effects of coastal development," said Dr. Coleman.
The first turtle nest was discovered along the beach between Ocean Springs and Gautier a few weeks ago.
The loggerhead nest in Jackson County was discovered by Daniel Richards. He was camping on a beach in this area when the loggerhead turtle came ashore to lay her eggs.
Experts determined that nest was in a hazardous spot and too close to the water. So the 109 eggs inside that nest were carefully removed and relocated to a safer spot.
The big question facing researchers now is why? Why after a 20 year absence are logger heads returning?
"One I think we have seen the habitat being degraded. So these animals may be looking for alternate sites. Or, there's an abundance of these animals and they're now looking for nesting space. Or a combination of both. But it is a very important and significant phenomena that is happening," said IMMS executive director, Dr. Moby Solangi.
If you come across what looks like a turtle nest, please don't disturb it. Just report it by calling this toll-free hotline number: (888) 767-3657.
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