Latest Pacific Ocean News

Scientists ID another possible threat to orcas: pink salmon

Jan. 19, 2019 5:30 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Over the years, scientists have identified dams, pollution and vessel noise as causes of the troubling decline of the Pacific Northwest's resident killer whales. Now, they may have found a new and more surprising culprit: pink salmon. Four salmon researchers were perusing data on the website...

California storm moving out after battering state for 3 days

Jan. 17, 2019 10:51 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The storm that pummeled much of California for three days began moving east Thursday after causing at least six deaths, forcing wildfire victims threatened by floods to flee their homes and plunging nearly 300,000 utility customers into darkness. The winter storm is forecast to unleash...

SpaceX launches 10 more Iridium Communications satellites

Jan. 11, 2019 5:56 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A SpaceX rocket delivered 10 satellites to low-Earth orbit on Friday, completing a two-year campaign by Iridium Communications Inc. to replace its original fleet with a new generation of mobile communication technology and added global aircraft tracking capability. The Falcon 9 rocket...

The Latest: 10 new Iridium satellites delivered to orbit

Jan. 11, 2019 12:38 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the launch of 10 communications satellites by SpaceX (all times local): 9:35 a.m. Ten new satellites for Iridium Communications' global network have been successfully deployed in orbit after launch from California. The satellites were individually released from the upper...

Oregon begins killing sea lions after relocation fails

Jan. 10, 2019 7:51 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon wildlife officials have started killing California sea lions that threaten a fragile and unique type of trout in the Willamette River, a body of water that's miles inland from the coastal areas where the massive carnivorous aquatic mammals usually congregate to feed. The state...

The Latest: Concert cancelled due to strong winds

Jan. 6, 2019 10:20 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on storms in California (all times local): 7 p.m. A winter storm swept through Northern California bringing strong winds, downing power lines and causing the cancellation of a OneRepublic and Ellie Goulding concert on Sunday. The concert was being held in conjunction with the...

Huge trash-collecting boom in Pacific Ocean breaks apart

Jan. 6, 2019 2:58 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A trash collection device deployed to corral plastic litter floating in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii has broken apart and will be hauled back to dry land for repairs. Boyan Slat, who launched the Pacific Ocean cleanup project, told NBC News last week that the...

Tugboat headed to burning ship in Pacific Ocean

Jan. 4, 2019 2:56 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A tugboat will try to recover bodies of crewmembers who abandoned a ship that caught fire while carrying cars from Japan to Hawaii. The Sincerity Ace, a 650-foot (198-meter) car carrier, had 21 crewmembers on board when the fire started Monday. Ships in the area rescued 16 people. Four were...

Correction: Fire at Sea-The Latest story

Jan. 3, 2019 4:02 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — In a story Jan. 2 about a vessel that caught fire in the Pacific Ocean, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of the ship. The ship's name is Sincerity Ace, not Serenity Ace. A corrected version of the story is below: The Latest: Search suspended for crew after vessel fire The...

2 more Puget Sound orcas predicted to die by summer

Jan. 3, 2019 2:09 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Two more Puget Sound orcas are ailing and probably will be dead by summer, according an expert on the critically endangered population of killer whales that live in the waters of the Pacific Northwest. Drone photography taken this past September showed the ailing population of orcas known as...