Latest Oceans News

Scientists prepare for year-long expedition to Arctic center

Sep. 20, 2019 6:17 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Researchers from more than a dozen nations prepared Friday to launch the biggest and most complex expedition ever attempted in the central Arctic — a yearlong journey through the ice they hope will improve the scientific models that underpin our understanding of climate change. The...

Surfers to catch manmade waves on road to Olympic debut

Sep. 18, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Kelly Slater claims he has no "home wave" advantage at the Surf Ranch he co-founded in California's Central Valley, where many of the world's top surfers will compete Thursday through Saturday in the Freshwater Pro presented by Outerknown, the penultimate U.S. contest before the sport...

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Sep. 18, 2019 3:16 PM EDT

ABOARD THE OCEAN VIKING (AP) — The Latest on migration to Europe: (all times local): 8:55 p.m. The crew of a humanitarian rescue ship has pulled 73 migrants from an overcrowded rubber boat in the central Mediterranean Sea, some 50 kilometers (31 miles) north of Libya. The boat in distress was spotted from...

Coral gardeners bring back Jamaica's reefs, piece by piece

Sep. 17, 2019 8:35 PM EDT

OCHO RIOS, Jamaica (AP) — Everton Simpson squints at the Caribbean from his motorboat, scanning the dazzling bands of color for hints of what lies beneath. Emerald green indicates sandy bottoms. Sapphire blue lies above seagrass meadows. And deep indigo marks coral reefs. That's where he's headed. He...

Tropical Storm Imelda has formed in the Gulf of Mexico just south of the coast of Texas

Sep. 17, 2019 2:12 PM EDT
MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Imelda has formed in the Gulf of Mexico just south of the coast of Texas.

Mediterranean migrant rescues, deaths; French camp emptied

Sep. 17, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

ABOARD THE OCEAN VIKING (AP) — At least two people died and 14 were missing Tuesday after a boat filled with people hoping to reach Europe capsized near Tunisia. Elsewhere in the Mediterranean, a rescue ship picked up 109 people from two flimsy boats off the coast of Libya within hours of each other. And...

Dead endangered whale found south of Long Island

Sep. 17, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

BABYLON, N.Y. (AP) — Federal ocean officials say a whale found dead south of Long Island is a member of a declining, endangered species. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it received reports of a dead North Atlantic right whale floating four miles south of Fire Island Inlet off Long...

Humberto gains strength to become a Category 1 hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean

Sep. 15, 2019 10:55 PM EDT
MIAMI (AP) — Humberto gains strength to become a Category 1 hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean.

Italy: Rescue boat with 82 migrants can sail to Italian isle

Sep. 14, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

ABOARD THE OCEAN VIKING (AP) — Italy allowed a charity rescue ship to sail Saturday to a tiny southern island so that 82 migrants aboard could be transferred to shore, but the country's foreign minister cautioned against interpreting the move as a sign the new government is easing a crackdown on...

The Latest: Germany ready to take ¼ of rescued migrants

Sep. 14, 2019 4:44 AM EDT

ABOARD THE OCEAN VIKING (AP) — The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local): 10:35 a.m. Germany's interior minister says his country is prepared to take in a quarter of migrants rescued off the Italian coast as the European Union tries to find a solution to repeated standoffs involving...