Mattanza Charters, based in Pirates Cove Resort and Marina in Port Salerno, posted video taken Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, of humpback whales breaching near Eight Mile Reef in the Atlantic. VIDEO PROVIDED BY CAPT. MIKE MURRAY Wochit

The iconic 54-foot Sea Lion, built in 1963 by Whiticar in Stuart, sunk during hurricane Irma.(Photo: ED KILLER/TCPALM)

To many of us in the outdoors community, riding through the year that was 2017 probably felt a little like time’s version of a small craft advisory.

There was the usual amount of cool catches, great hunts and news we could all use, coupled with the loss of several pioneers, changes some of us don’t like and growth that can help us all.

On top of what was going to be a full year anyway, Mother Nature tossed a Category 5 hurricane at Florida, and a couple more at the Caribbean while whacking south Texas.  

Here are some of the stories we want to remember from 2017:

Hurricane Irma

The Treasure Coast was spared a direct hit from Hurricane Irma, which will go into the history books as one of the most vicious hurricanes to ever cross the Caribbean and strike Florida. It left in its wake numerous impacts.

The iconic fishing boat Sea Lion II was among the casualties as it sank in the shallow but rough waters of the Indian River Lagoon at its dock in Jensen Beach. Throughout Florida, cleanup efforts from Irma will continue well into 2018, and in the Florida Keys, hit hardest, for years beyond that.

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Heather Vogel Thalwitzer of Melbourne shot this video at sunrise Aug. 21 of a

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