Latest Oceans News

Plastic or paper? Trump campaign weighs in on straw debate

Jul. 19, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The president and his reelection campaign are mocking efforts to replace plastic straws with paper ones and turning that disdain into a fundraising gimmick. The president's 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale, tweeted that he was "so over paper straws. #LiberalProgress." He said liberals...

Pocket-sized shark squirts clouds of light from pockets

Jul. 19, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A pocket-sized pocket shark found in the Gulf of Mexico has turned out to be a new species. And the mysterious pouches that it's named for, up near its front fins? Scientists say they squirt little glowing clouds into the ocean. Researchers from around the Gulf and in New York have named...

Carnival pledges steps ongoing to curb ocean pollution

Jul. 19, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Carnival Corp. executives pledged anew Friday that steps are being taken to curb ocean pollution, which was the subject of a recent $20 million federal penalty imposed because of continued environmental violations. Carnival outlined some of those steps at a hearing before a pair of skeptical...

77.8M acres in Gulf of Mexico for August oil, gas lease sale

Jul. 18, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The federal government will offer 77.8 million acres (31.5 million hectares) in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas exploration and development on Aug. 21. An Interior Department statement says the lease sale will include 14,585 tracts. They're in water 3 to 231 miles (5 to 370...

Florida dad says he tossed boy in ocean to teach him to swim

Jul. 17, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A 37-year-old Florida man is accused of throwing his 5-year-old son into the Atlantic Ocean and then doing back flips off a city pier as the boy struggled in the water. An arrest report says that when Daytona Beach police arrested John Bloodsworth on child abuse charges Monday...

Nesting penguins can't resist lure of New Zealand sushi shop

Jul. 17, 2019 5:15 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Two little blue penguins just couldn't stay away from a New Zealand sushi store, returning to nest there even after police had captured them and escorted them back to the ocean. Wellington police described them as "waddling vagrants," while the store's co-owner joked he had...

Australian finds message in a bottle written 50 years ago

Jul. 17, 2019 3:11 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A fisherman said on Wednesday he was looking for the author of a message in a bottle found off the southern Australian coast 50 years after it was written. Paul Elliot told Australian Broadcasting Corp. that he and his son Jyah found the bottle on the west coast of Eyre Peninsula...

Hurricane Barry's rain and floods hammer Gulf environment

Jul. 14, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

Hurricane Barry could affect the environment of the Gulf coast and Lower Mississippi Valley in numerous ways, from accelerating runoff of farmland nutrients to toppling trees and damaging wildlife habitat and fisheries, scientists say. But the extent of the damage — and whether it will be at least...

Record Transpac fleet heads from Los Angeles to Hawaii

Jul. 12, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — From the deep blue color of the Pacific Ocean to the brilliance of the stars at night, the biennial Transpacific Race from Los Angeles to Honolulu leaves an impression with anyone who sails it. There's also the dash for trophies and records as sailors compete in one of the world's great...

New Orleans area braces for first hurricane of the season

Jul. 11, 2019 10:59 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Thousands of Louisianans broke out sandbags or fled to higher ground Thursday as Tropical Storm Barry threatened to turn into the first hurricane of the season and blow ashore with torrential rains that could pose a severe test of New Orleans' improved post-Katrina flood defenses ....