Huge, ‘rare’ American eel washes ashore on Mustang Island
Jace Tunnell with the University of Texas Marine Science Institute found a “rare” monster-like fish on Mustang Island near Port Aransas. Tunnell, who is the reserve director for the institute, posted a video of a dead 4-foot-long American eel.
Canyon Lake man accused of defrauding banks, using money for Port A beach houses and luxury items
A Canyon Lake man was sentenced for defrauding financial institutions in San Antonio and using the money for personal expenses like a Port Aransas beach house and $100,000 pool, according to federal authorities.
Texas alligator relocated after people fed and threw things at the animal, officials say
PORT ARANSAS, Texas – A 10-foot male alligator who has been dubbed the “Dollar Store Gator” by residents who have been hand feeding him has been relocated after experts say he was getting too comfortable with humans. A post from Gator Country notes that the gator was named “Fin” after a Port Aransas restaurant. 10ft 1 inch Nuisance Alligator catch in Port Aransas, Texas. Bringing this big ole boy back to Gator Country! Once he gets you in the water, you’re done.
Tallest, rarest birds in North America sighted in Texas
PORT ARANSAS, Texas – Whooping cranes, the tallest and rarest birds in North America, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife officials, have been spotted along the Texas coast. According to Harrell, the drought much of Texas is experiencing makes the birds' migration harder. Whooping cranes are sometimes found in mixed flocks with sandhill cranes, which are gray and slightly smaller. The public can help track whooping cranes by reporting sightings to TPWD’s Whooper Watch - a citizen-science based reporting system that tracks whooping crane migration and wintering locations throughout Texas. Related:Habitat for endangered whooping crane opens at San Antonio ZooSan Antonio Zoo, SeaWorld featured in new Helen Mirren-narrated documentary ‘Escape From Extinction’Habitat for endangered whooping crane opens at San Antonio Zoo
Port Aransas beaches will close to vehicles as mayor issues declaration of disaster
PORT ARANSAS, Texas – Port Aransas beaches will be closed to vehicle traffic starting at 8 p.m. Thursday through at least Saturday. Charles Bujan, mayor of Port Aransas made the initial proclamation Tuesday and amended it Wednesday, keeping the time beaches will remain closed to vehicle traffic open-ended. Beaches will reopen to motor traffic “when the mayor deems the beach to be safely accessible by vehicles," according to the proclamation. Get the latest Hurricane Delta information from the KSAT Weather Authority here. Read the full disaster declaration from the city of Port Aransas below:
Port Aransas to close beaches until further notice due to Tropical Storm Beta
SAN ANTONIO – The mayor of Port Aransas has issued a disaster declaration that will close beaches as the city braces for Tropical Storm Beta. The declaration states that Port Aransas beaches must close at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, until further notice. High tide in Port Aransas is seen on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (KSAT)High tide in Port Aransas is seen on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (ksat)Read also:Stay InformedTo follow along with the busiest Atlantic hurricane season on record, bookmark our hurricane page or download the KSAT Hurricane Tracker App.
Heavy Rainfall Threat With Beta Has Diminished As The Center Has Become Less Determinant In The Pressure And Wind Fields
Location 60 miles NNE of Birmingham Alabama Wind 10 mph Heading NE at 10 mph Pressure 29.83 Coordinates 86.3W, 34.3NDiscussionAt 400 AM CDT (0900 UTC), the center of Post-Tropical Cyclone Beta was located near latitude 34.3 North, longitude 86.3 West. The post-tropical cyclone is moving toward the northeast near 10 mph (17 km/h) until it becomes indistinguishable within the background wind and pressure field by mid-afternoon Friday. Maximum sustained winds are near 10 mph (20 km/h) with higher gusts. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1010 mb (29.83 inches). Tropics Satellite at 3:39 Friday Night, September 25thWatches and WarningsThere are no watches or warnings in effect.
Nueces County order banning vehicles on Corpus Christi, Port A beaches expires, curfew remains
SAN ANTONIO – Beaches in Nueces County have reopened to vehicles as an order put in place to help stunt the spread of COVID-19 has expired. Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales said Friday that the order, which closed vehicle access points at beaches within the county, will end on Monday, according to multiple reports. The newspaper reported that the modified order will restrict access to areas of beaches damaged by Hurricane Hanna. The order was put in place in July as the county asked tourists to stay home for the sake of social distancing. He said enforcing the order “depleted all of our overtime budgets” in providing 24-hour policing.
Port Aransas mayor: City no longer enforcing beach closure order
SAN ANTONIO – The mayor of Port Aransas says the city can no longer afford to implement the county beach closure order that was issued in July to help curb the effects of COVID-19. FYI: The city can no longer afford providing 24 hour day policing of the county beaches closure order. We have depleted... Posted by Mayor Bujan Information Page For Port Aransas Citizens on Sunday, August 9, 2020The mayor said as of Sunday morning, the city would no longer enforce the beach closure order. The order forces the closure of vehicle access points at beaches within the county, which encompasses Port Aransas, Padre Island and Corpus Christi. Port Aransas Police Chief Scott Burroughs told KIII in Corpus Christi that the department began to see a diminished outcome.
Beaches at Port Aransas, Padre Island, Corpus Christi closed to vehicles, curfew in place
Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales on Wednesday issued a new order that limits access and adds curfews at beaches within the county, which encompasses Port Aransas, Padre Island and Corpus Christi. Until 6 a.m. Aug. 1, unless extended or rescinded, vehicle access points will be closed at county beaches and parks, the order states. We need some help: Corpus Christi official asks tourists not to visit beaches amid COVID-19 surgePeople with physical disabilities or disabled veterans will be allowed to use golf carts on beaches. Canales made the plea to out-of-towners Monday during an interview with the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Corpus Christi has recorded 70 COVID-19 deaths and 7,532 total cases.
Blue button jellyfish spotted at Texas beaches
PORT ARANSAS, Texas – A KSAT employee sent in photos of blue button jellyfish that she spotted in Port Aransas Monday evening after storms in the area started clearing up. The scientific name for the jellyfish is Porpita porpita and they are closely related to Portuguese man o’wars, but don’t sting as ferociously, said Texas Parks and Wildlife science director Mark Fisher. Fisher told KSAT these particular jellyfish “typically live far offshore, but are carried onto the beach by onshore winds.”From April to October, the wind along the coast is typically from the south and southeast, according to Fisher, who said people “don’t see them in the winter when the wind is out of the north.”Officials with Padre Island National seashore also responded to a request for comment saying the blue button jellyfish are “fairly common” and added that the jellyfish "can sting but it isn’t really felt by humans.”It’s just another in a long list of beach stories that have come out in the last month:Beautiful but dangerous blue dragons discovered on Texas beach are ‘rare find’Gators in the gulf: Alligators caught on video in Galveston, Port O’ConnorMap shows high levels of fecal bacteria detected at some Texas beachesBlue dragons aren’t the only odd things spotted at Texas beaches in the last year
As beachgoers pack Port Aransas for Memorial Day, U.S. officials say to heed social distancing rules
SAN ANTONIO – This Memorial Day is like no other in the United States, but beachgoers in Port Aransas tried to bring a sense of normalcy over the weekend. At the beach, people gathered to sunbathe and enjoy the warm weather, while some tried to practice social distancing. ‘If I get it, everybody else is going to get it': Crowds head to Comal River over Memorial Day weekendMemorial Day marks the first major holiday amid Gov. Beachgoers are being urged to practice social distancing to guard against COVID-19. People gather on the beach for the Memorial Day weekend in Port Aransas, Texas, Saturday, May 23, 2020.
Port Aransas prepares to welcome beachgoers back for Memorial Day weekend
PORT ARANSAS, Texas – The community of Port Aransas is hoping for a successful Memorial Day weekend after businesses took a major hit when they were forced to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ‘I was shocked’: Port Aransas photographer captured images of a crowded beach. Texas Sandfest, which is one of Port Aransas’ biggest events, was postponed until October. San Marcos reopening river parks ahead of Memorial Day weekendAs Texas begins to reopen, many on the island are anticipating Memorial Day weekend to a busy one. The Port Aransas Visitor’s Bureau reported an increase in bookings of hotels and condos for the upcoming holiday.
Port Aransas prepares to welcome beach-goers back for Memorial Day weekend
Port Aransas prepares to welcome beach-goers back for Memorial Day weekendPublished: May 20, 2020, 10:18 pmThe community of Port Aransas is hoping for a successful Memorial Day weekend. Businesses took a major hit after they were forced to close due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
‘I was shocked’: Port Aransas photographer captured images of a crowded beach. Then came the hate mail
Photographer Neesy Tompkins captured images of the beach in Port Aransas, Texas on Saturday, May 2, 2020. SAN ANTONIO – The comments flooded her Facebook page as quickly as Texans flocked to the Port Aransas beach. On her Port Aransas Beaches Facebook page, which normally consists of nature photography, commenters urged people to report her page, with the goal of having Facebook take it down. ‘Ridiculously unmanageable’The beach at Port Aransas, which Tompkins called “ridiculously unmanageable,” wasn’t the only destination that saw high volumes of people. ‘I want the town to be open safely’The Port Aransas beach along with several businesses reopened over the weekend as Gov.
Elder Eats: Blackened red snapper taco recipe
SAN ANTONIO – Try this quick and tasty blackened red snapper fish taco recipe, crafted by David Elder of Elder Eats! In a bowl, mix the sriracha and ranch dressing until you reach your desired spice and flavor. Slice the red snapper filet into five smaller filets and place in a plastic freezer zipper bag. Assembly:Place the corn tortillas on a plate and spoon about a tablespoon of the sriracha ranch onto each one. Cover the fish in another spoonful of sriracha ranch and top with pico de gallo.