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This week's announcement that dogs help to reduce gull congregations on recreational beaches has heated up the debate as to whether or not dogs should be allowed to go off leash at beaches. Credit: Flickr/Travels with a dog and a Camera :) On the pro side, when trained border collie beach patrols chase away gulls, they help to prevent Esherichia coli -- present in gull droppings -- from leaching into beach waters, according to a study presented at this week's annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. The avian poop problem has resulted in swim advisories and beach closings, so dog patrols potentially mean more fun in the sun for people and their pets. RELATED: The Top 6 Do...

Tens of thousands of sharks have been seen along the southern coast of Florida, leading to beach closures from Boca Raton to Jupiter, according to the Daily Mail U.K. The sharks are migrating back north after traveling south for the winter. "We counted over 15,000 sharks less than 200 yards from shore," said Dr. Stephen Kajiura, an associate professor of biology at Florida Atlantic University who researches shark migration. "That's 1,000 sharks per square kilometer. If you were a swimmer, you would probably be within 60 feet of a shark." Most of the sharks are spinner sharks and blacktip sharks, but hammerhead sharks, tiger sharks, lemon sharks and bull sharks also have been spotted. ...

Forget Jaws; you have something new to watch for when hitting the surf. According to WCNC, A 10-foot alligator was found roaming around Holden Beach in North Carolina. The giant gator was spotted enjoying the waves, waddling in an out of the surf. The unusual shore sight attracted dozens of onlookers, though officials say bigger alligators have been seen on the beach. Eventually, police arrived on the scene and kept an eye on the animal until members of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission arrived. The commission staff trapped the alligator and then moved it to a safer location to be released. See More Massive Animals:...

Sand and Surf Safety for Pets

With summer officially underway, it's time to hit the sand and surf. While taking your dog to the beach can be fun for the whole family, there are a few safety considerations that will make the trip even more enjoyable. Surf Dog Ricochet is an award-winning surf dog and philanthropic role model. Not only does Ricochet…

In Phuket, Thailand, there lives a baby elephant who will make you wish you, too, had a baby elephant. This video features the big guy rolling around in the sand along the shoreline, and despite feeling nervous about his size, we would totally lay down with him and start having fun. Imagine burying him up to his neck in sand. That would probably take, like, eight hours. It would probably be better if he buried us. Either way, it would be worth it, sunburn included, if we got a hug from his trunk! More Funny Animal Videos...