Latest Oceanography News

DNR: Virus behind deaths of common carp on Detroit-area lake

Sep. 17, 2021 17:00 PM EDT

LAKE ORION, Mich. (AP) — A virus is being blamed on the deaths of between 300 and 600 mostly adult common carp this summer in a Detroit-area lake. An investigation has confirmed that the koi herpesvirus caused the fish kill in Lake Orion, Michigan’s Department of...

Future of Lake Tahoe clarity in question as wildfires worsen

Sep. 16, 2021 20:18 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — When a wildfire crested the mountains near North America's largest alpine lake, embers and ash that zipped across a smoky sky pierced Lake Tahoe’s clear blue waters. The evacuation order for thousands to flee their homes has been lifted, but...

Rhode Island researchers tracking 8 young great white sharks

Sep. 14, 2021 15:07 PM EDT

WAKEFIELD, R.I. (AP) — Researchers are hoping that eight recently released young great white sharks will yield insights into some of the questions scientists still have about the famous species. The sharks were released after being tagged with tracking devices by...

Egypt team identifies fossil of land-roaming whale species

Sep. 14, 2021 05:22 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian scientists say the fossil of a four-legged prehistoric whale, unearthed over a decade ago in the country's Western Desert, is that of a previously unknown species. The creature, an ancestor of the modern-day whale, is believed to have lived 43 million years ago. ...

Researchers complete first-ever detailed map of global coral

Sep. 08, 2021 13:25 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Researchers have completed a comprehensive online map of the world’s coral reefs by using more than 2 million satellite images from across the globe. The Allen Coral Atlas, named after late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, will act as a reference for...

Missouri River species recovery plan sees deep budget cuts

Sep. 06, 2021 10:02 AM EDT

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — Beneath the swirling waters of the Missouri River, underwater microphones eavesdropped on fish. A boat of biologists drifted downstream, listening for the crisp beeps that would indicate a pallid sturgeon, tagged with an electronic tracker,...

Florida corals rescued amid plague moved to New Jersey

Sep. 04, 2021 03:13 AM EDT

The great rescue of Florida corals from a devastating disease crossed a milestone with the transfer of two batches of knobby cactus and flower cup corals from their Orlando refuge. The Florida Coral Rescue Center in south Orlando is rearing the largest collection of...

Baby whale unwell, rule issued to keep boaters away

Sep. 03, 2021 20:35 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has issued an emergency rule ordering commercial whale watch tours to stay farther away from an unwell baby orca to help her survive. J56, or Tofino, as the whale is also known, was born in May 2019 to an...

Mystic Aquarium requests to resume research; whale improving

Aug. 31, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

Officials at Mystic Aquarium are asking that they be allowed to resume research on four beluga whales, which was halted following the death of the fifth whale imported this spring from Canada. The request is part of a three-page report made public Monday by the...

Fin whale that died in Delaware had underlying conditions

Aug. 29, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

LEWES, Del. (AP) — A necropsy has found that an endangered fin whale that died after it became beached along the Delaware coast had multiple underlying conditions. The Marine Education Research and Rehabilitation Institute said its necropsy determined the whale had...