Latest Marine biology News

Whale rescuers free humpback from fishing gear entanglement

Jun. 10, 2021 18:27 PM EDT

PROVINCETOWN, Mass. (AP) — A three-day effort to free a humpback whale from entanglement in fishing gear ended in success this week, marine mammal experts said Thursday. The whale, identified as a mature female named Valley, was first spotted Monday by a whale watch...

Turkish parliament to probe mucilage threatening Marmara Sea

Jun. 10, 2021 14:10 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s parliament agreed on Thursday to set up an all-party committee to investigate a slimy, floating mass of yellowish-white sea mucilage that is threatening marine life in the Sea of Marmara. The so-called “sea snot” — a thick...

Louisiana Sea Grant to get new director July 1

Jun. 07, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Sea Grant College Program is getting a new executive director on July 1, Louisiana State University said Monday. Associate Professor Julie Anderson Lively will replace Robert Twilley, who has held the post since 2012 and is stepping...

Turkey's leader vows to cure Marmara of 'sea snot' flare-ups

Jun. 05, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s president promised Saturday to rescue the Marmara Sea from an outbreak of “sea snot” that is alarming marine biologists and environmentalists. A huge mass of marine mucilage, a thick, slimy substance made up of compounds released by marine...

More pairs of rare whale, baby found this year than last few

Jun. 04, 2021 12:14 PM EDT

Scientists who track a rare species of whale said more pairs of mother whales with babies have been spotted this year than the previous few. The scientists follow North American right whales, which number only about 400. The New England Aquarium said Friday that...

Shrinking giants: North Atlantic right whales getting tinier

Jun. 03, 2021 20:34 PM EDT

One of the giants of the deep is shrinking before our eyes, a new study says. The younger generation of critically endangered North Atlantic right whales are on average about three feet (one meter) shorter than whales were 20 years ago, drone and aircraft data show in a...

Atlantic Shark Institute to study 5 shark species

May. 31, 2021 10:10 AM EDT

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — The arrival of summer in Rhode Island also means the arrival of sharks. Jon Dodd, executive director of the Atlantic Shark Institute in South Kingstown, hopes to learn more about five species of shark by catching and tagging several,...

Sharks use Earth's magnetic field as a GPS, scientists say

May. 16, 2021 08:26 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Sharks use the Earth's magnetic field as a sort of natural GPS to navigate journeys that take them great distances across the world's oceans, scientists have found. Researchers said their marine laboratory experiments with a small species of shark...

Mystic Aquarium getting 5 Beluga whales from Canada

May. 12, 2021 14:37 PM EDT

Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut is preparing for the arrival of five Beluga whales from a zoo and amusement park in Canada after navigating approval processes on both sides of the U.S. border and overcoming legal challenges from environmental groups. Government officials...

World Food Prize goes to nutrition expert for fish research

May. 11, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A nutrition expert who pioneered innovative ways of raising fish rich in micronutrients and fatty acids and incorporating them into diets in developing countries was named the recipient of the World Food Prize on Tuesday. Shakuntala Haraksingh...