Latest Oceanography News

Explorers find WWII Navy destroyer, deepest wreck discovered

Jun. 26, 2022 05:49 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A U.S. Navy destroyer that engaged a superior Japanese fleet in the largest sea battle of World War II in the Philippines has become the deepest wreck to be discovered, according to explorers. The USS Samuel B. Roberts, popularly known as the “Sammy...

Cambodian catches world's largest recorded freshwater fish

Jun. 20, 2022 22:52 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The world’s largest recorded freshwater fish, a giant stingray, has been caught in the Mekong River in Cambodia, according to scientists from the Southeast Asian nation and the United States. The stingray, captured on June 13, measured almost 4 meters (13 feet)...

Orcas’ newest member of southern resident J Pod is female

May. 31, 2022 15:29 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Researchers say the newest member of a group of endangered southern resident orcas is a female. The Center for Whale Research says the southern residents’ population growth is largely limited by the number of reproductively aged females. The Seattle...

Robotic buoys developed to keep Atlantic right whales safe

May. 28, 2022 07:32 AM EDT

A Cape Cod science center and one of the world’s largest shipping businesses are collaborating on a project to use robotic buoys to protect a vanishing whale from lethal collisions with ships. A lab at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution developed the technology, which uses buoys...

Former UNC Wilmington dean named school's new chancellor

May. 26, 2022 13:26 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A former dean at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington is returning to the school as its new chancellor, officials announced Thursday. Aswani Volety, currently serving as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Elon University, was...

An ocean first: Underwater drone tracks CO2 in Alaska gulf

May. 25, 2022 20:23 PM EDT

SEWARD, Alaska (AP) — In the cold, choppy waters of Alaska’s Resurrection Bay, all eyes were on the gray water, looking for one thing only. It wasn’t a spout from humpback whales that power through this scenic fjord, or a sea otter lazing on its back, munching a king crab. ...

Storm chasers face host of dangers beyond severe weather

May. 13, 2022 15:35 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The deaths of four storm chasers in car crashes over the last two weeks have underscored the dangers of pursuing severe weather events as more people clog back roads and highways searching for a glimpse of a lightning bolt or tornado, meteorologists and chasers say. ...

Rehabilitated dolphin leaves quarantine at Florida facility

May. 12, 2022 18:36 PM EDT

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — A rescued juvenile bottlenose dolphin, flown from Texas to the Florida Keys-based Dolphin Research Center seven weeks ago, was moved to the facility’s primary dolphin lagoon Thursday. The transfer marks the male marine mammal's final integration into a...

Study finds cleaner air leads to more Atlantic hurricanes

May. 11, 2022 14:07 PM EDT

Cleaner air in United States and Europe is brewing more Atlantic hurricanes, a new U.S. government study found. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration study links changes in regionalized air pollution across the globe to storm activity going both up and down. A 50%...

Most Great Barrier Reef coral studied this year was bleached

May. 11, 2022 11:07 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — More than 90% of Great Barrier Reef coral surveyed this year was bleached in the fourth such mass event in seven years in the world’s largest coral reef ecosystem, Australian government scientists said. Bleaching is caused by global warming, but this is...