Latest Oceans News

These biodegradable straws could prevent new coral from becoming expensive fish food

Apr. 11, 2024 08:23 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — South Florida researchers trying to prevent predatory fish from devouring laboratory-grown coral are grasping at biodegradable straws in an effort to restore what some call the rainforest of the sea. Scientists around the world have been working for...

Czech man dies after falling into sea while taking photos of huge waves in Spain's Canary Islands

Apr. 11, 2024 05:37 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A Czech tourist died after falling into the sea while apparently taking photographs of huge waves during a storm on the Canary Island of Tenerife, authorities said Thursday. A Canary Island local government statement said the 53-year-old man died Wednesday afternoon...

Book Review: Hampton Sides revisits Captain James Cook, a divisive figure in the South Pacific

Apr. 08, 2024 11:56 AM EDT

Captain James Cook’s voyages in the South Pacific in the late 1700s exemplify the law of unintended consequences. He set out to find a westward ocean passage from Europe to Asia but instead, with the maps he created and his reports, Cook revealed the Pacific islands and their people to the world....

4 people die on Spain's coastlines after falling into sea during high winds

Mar. 28, 2024 22:10 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Four people have died after falling into the sea in three incidents on Spain's Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts, emergency services said Thursday. The deaths came amid warnings of strong winds and widespread rain across many parts of the country and warnings of high...

What is a whale native to the North Pacific doing off New England? Climate change could be the key

Mar. 05, 2024 12:25 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Scientists have confirmed the presence of a whale off New England that went extinct in the Atlantic Ocean two centuries ago — an exciting discovery, but one they said that illustrates the impact of climate change on sea life. Researchers with the New...

In Hawaii, coral is the foundation of life. What happened to it after the Lahaina wildfire?

Mar. 03, 2024 17:09 PM EST

Abraham “Snake” Ah Hee rides waves when the surf’s up and dives for octopus and shells when the water is calm. The lifelong Lahaina, Hawaii, resident spends so much time in the ocean that his wife jokes he needs to wet his gills. But these days Ah Hee is worried the water...

Study says 2023's crazy Atlantic ocean heat, low Antarctic sea ice give glimpse of much hotter world

Feb. 27, 2024 11:37 AM EST

Off the charts “crazy” heat in the North Atlantic ocean and record-smashing Antarctic sea ice lows last year are far more severe than what Earth’s supposed to get with current warming levels. They are more like what happens at twice this amount of warming, a new study said. The...

AP PHOTOS: In Teahupo'o, Tahiti, coastal village life thrives among powerful waves

Feb. 20, 2024 23:06 PM EST

TEAHUPO'O, French Polynesia (AP) — In Teahupo'o, the ocean is the heart of village life. Boats bob in the lagoon in the south of Tahiti at sunrise before fishers start their day. Many set out early with poles or spears to catch fish gliding among the corals — fresh food for...

Hundreds are set to descend on Tahiti for Olympic surfing. Can locals protect their way of life?

Feb. 20, 2024 06:22 AM EST

TEAHUPO'O, French Polynesia (AP) — Peva Levy said he felt a powerful, natural energy known as “mana” when he surfed Teahupo'o’s waves on a piece of plywood for the first time, rushing down a crumbling white surf in front of an untouched volcanic beach several years before the steady streams...

Ocean system that moves heat gets closer to collapse, which could cause weather chaos, study says

Feb. 09, 2024 16:40 PM EST

An abrupt shutdown of Atlantic Ocean currents that could put large parts of Europe in a deep freeze is looking a bit more likely and closer than before as a new complex computer simulation finds a “cliff-like” tipping point looming in the future. A long-worried nightmare...