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Summer of Blob: Maine sees more big, stinging jellyfish

Sep. 15, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Seaside New England is known for rocky shores, seafood shacks, chance whale sightings and, in recent months, lots of gooey, tentacled blobs. The Gulf of Maine and some of its beaches, ever popular with tourists, have recorded a high number of sightings of a big jellyfish that has the...

English Channel dolphins carry 'toxic cocktail' of chemicals

Sep. 12, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Bottlenose dolphins in the English Channel harbor a "toxic cocktail" of chemicals, some of which have been banned for decades and which may be harming the rare marine mammals' health, scientists said Thursday. Belgian and French scientists said they've detected high accumulations of...

Federal research ship to begin studies in the Gulf in 2023

Sep. 11, 2019 8:10 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal research vessel operated by universities in Louisiana and Mississippi is expected to begin studies in the Gulf of Mexico in 2023. The Louisiana Universities Marine Research Consortium and the University of Southern Mississippi are leading a consortium created for the 199-foot...

Pain of scuba diving deaths off California felt across globe

Sep. 7, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

Less than a year ago, Tia Salika was wearing an animal-print scuba suit and posing for a photograph in the depths of the iridescent blue ocean off South America with her parents and her best friend. So it seemed only fitting that the high schooler would celebrate her 17th birthday with another adventure: A diving...

2 Singaporeans among California boat fire victims

Sep. 6, 2019 8:00 PM EDT

From a veteran water polo coach to a Singaporean data scientist, the passengers aboard the ill-fated Conception dive boat were linked by their love for the water. Here are the victims who have been identified so far from the deadly fire that engulfed the vessel, killing 34 people off California's wind-swept...

Fire foiled rescued attempts by California boat crew

Sep. 5, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The crew of a scuba diving boat that sank off the coast of Southern California made several attempts to rescue the 34 people who were trapped below decks by fire, but intense flames drove them back and all perished, federal authorities said Thursday. All those lost in the Labor Day...

Newly hired scientist for California among boat fire victims

Sep. 5, 2019 7:31 PM EDT

Aboard were respected scientists, engineers, free spirits and parents with their teenage and adult children — all brought together over a passion for scuba diving. Two divers were celebrating their birthdays. Here are the victims who have been identified so far from the deadly fire that engulfed the...

Scientists monitoring new marine heat wave off West Coast

Sep. 5, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Federal scientists said Thursday they are monitoring a new ocean heat wave off the U.S. West Coast, a development that could badly disrupt marine life including salmon, whales and sea lions. The expanse of unusually warm water stretches from Alaska to California, researchers with the...

Only 1 person remains missing from dive boat fire

Sep. 4, 2019 8:49 PM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Only one person remained missing Wednesday after searchers recovered 33 bodies from the charred underwater wreckage of a dive boat that caught fire off the Southern California coast and sank on Labor Day. Among the victims were an engineer for Apple who went on the trip with...

The Latest: High school teacher, family on dive boat

Sep. 4, 2019 2:54 AM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the fire aboard a diving boat near a Southern California island that is believed to have killed 34 people (all times local): 5:20 p.m. A Northern California school district says a high school physics teacher and child were on board a dive boat that caught fire off...