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Virus-quieted oceans open window for Shark Week researchers

Aug. 7, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic forced people to stay put, but it gave sharks a travel passport and scientists a rare opportunity. Ocean spots cleared of fishing boats and other intrusions by COVID-19 quarantines saw increased and even unusual marine life behavior - and Discovery...

Visitors wear masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, at Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Tourists have returned to the popular seaside town in a state that ranks one of the lowest in the nation in positive cases of coronavirus. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Maine gov: State needs 10% spending trims due to pandemic

Aug. 6, 2020 2:44 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's Democratic governor has directed most state department heads to come up with 10% spending cuts to address revenue lost because of the coronavirus pandemic. The departments have until Aug. 19 to submit their proposals to the administration of Gov. Janet Mills, the Bangor Daily...

Gulf of Mexico's 'dead zone' much smaller this year

Aug. 4, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tropical weather stirred up the Gulf of Mexico, reducing this year’s dead zone off Louisiana’s coast to the third-smallest ever measured, the scientist who has measured it since 1985 said Tuesday. Marine ecologist Nancy Rabalais said the area where there’s too little...

Nearly 60 fish types in Chicago waters, up from about 10

Aug. 3, 2020 9:51 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The variety of fish swimming in Chicago’s rivers have increased in recent decades, which authorities attribute to a decline in pollution, according to a sampling study released Monday by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. The report claims there are nearly 60 different types...

In this Tuesday, July, 28, 2020, photo provided by the University of Rhode Island, Cooper Monaco holds the large quahog he found Monday while clamming with his grandfather in Westerly, R.I. The quahog is more than five inches across and weighing more than two pounds, and is among the largest ever harvested in the state. The mollusk was donated to the University of Rhode Island's Marine Science Research Facility. (Todd McLeish/University of Rhode Island via AP)

Rhode Island boy digs up massive 2 1/2-pound mollusk

Jul. 31, 2020 10:53 AM EDT

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (AP) — An 11-year-old Rhode Island boy clamming with his grandfather found a giant quahog that is thought to be one of the largest ever harvested in state waters. Cooper Monaco, of Wakefield, found the massive mollusk Monday in the Weekapaug section of Westerly, and donated it to the...

Orca who carried her dead calf for 1,000 miles is pregnant

Jul. 27, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — An orca known as Tahlequah, who raised worldwide concern when she carried her dead calf for 17 days and more than 1,000 miles almost two years ago, is pregnant, scientists said. Scientists John Durban, senior scientist of Southall Environmental Associates and Holly Fearnbach, marine mammal...

This July 20, 2020 photo provided by David Bigelow in Vineyard Haven, Mass. shows part of a boat that is being retrofitted to replicate the boat from the movie Jaws. A group of ocean lovers and movie buffs is building a replica of the boat, the Orca, for use as a conservation tool. (David Bigelow via AP)

Going in the water again: 'Jaws' boat clone supports sharks

Jul. 21, 2020 4:36 PM EDT

The Orca is headed back to the waters of New England, but this time, its mission isn't to hunt sharks. It's to help save them. A group of ocean advocates and movie buffs is turning an old lobster fishing vessel into a replica of the Orca, the boat captained by the grizzled shark hunter Quint in...

Salmon population highest in 9 years despite warm weather

Jul. 15, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The number of Atlantic salmon swimming upstream in the Penobscot River is already the highest in nine years, despite warm water temperatures. On Monday, researchers with the Maine Department of Marine Resources said they counted over 1,300 salmon migrating upstream so far this year....

Florida men charged with poaching protected sea turtle eggs

Jul. 14, 2020 4:12 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two Florida men have been charged with stealing 93 protected sea turtle eggs. Federal prosecutors in West Palm Beach announced charges Monday against Carl Lawrence Cobb, 63, and Bruce Wayne Bivins, 63. They each face three felony counts, including violating the Endangered...

Conservation study shows lemurs, whales nearing extinction

Jul. 9, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Nearly all of Madagascar's much-loved lemurs are under threat, and almost one-third are just one step away from extinction, largely due to deforestation and hunting on the giant island off eastern Africa, conservationists said Thursday. The International Union for Conservation of Nature,...