Latest Oceans News

Authorities: Small, private plane crashes off the Hamptons

Oct. 13, 2018 8:56 PM EDT

WESTHAMPTON BEACH, N.Y. (AP) — A small private plane carrying three people crashed into the ocean off the coast of Long Island on Saturday, officials said. One body was recovered following the 11 a.m. crash of a twin-engine Piper PA-34 about a mile off of Quogue, in the Hamptons. Agencies including the...

Leslie weakens from hurricane as it nears Portugal, Spain

Oct. 13, 2018 5:10 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Hurricane Leslie weakened slightly into a post-tropical cyclone late Saturday as it closed in on Portugal and Spain, bringing heavy rain, high winds and dangerous surf to western parts of the Iberian Peninsula. Portugal's weather service issued red warnings — its highest...

As sea ice melts, some say walruses need better protection

Oct. 13, 2018 2:40 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Given a choice between giving birth on land or sea ice, Pacific walrus mothers most often choose ice. Likewise, they prefer sea ice for molting, mating, nursing and resting between dives for food. Trouble is, as the century progresses, there's going to be far less ice around. How...

Life-sized plastic whale to raise ocean pollution awareness

Oct. 12, 2018 5:38 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Artists are putting the finishing touches on an 82-foot-long (24-meter-long) blue whale made from discarded plastic that will be on display near San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge to raise awareness about ocean pollution. The Monterey Bay Aquarium said Friday a blue whale can weigh...

Biosphere 2 legacy lives on more than quarter century later

Oct. 12, 2018 9:52 AM EDT

ORACLE, Ariz. (AP) — They lived for two years and 20 minutes under the glass of a miniature Earth, complete with an ocean, rain forest, desert, grasslands and mangroves. Their air and water were recycled, and they grew the sweet potatoes, rice and other food they needed to survive. About 1,500 people were...

'Catching some hell': Hurricane Michael slams into Florida

Oct. 10, 2018 7:28 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Powerful Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle with terrifying winds of 155 mph Wednesday, splintering homes and submerging neighborhoods before continuing its destructive march inland across the Southeast. It was the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental...

The Latest: Experts: Storm could be one of Panhandle's worst

Oct. 9, 2018 11:49 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Michael (all times local): 11:40 p.m. Worried meteorologists now expect a strengthening Hurricane Michael to slam into the Florida Panhandle as one of the worst storms in the region's history. The National Hurricane Center's late Tuesday forecast...

Hurricane Michael strengthens to a Category 2 storm in the Gulf of Mexico as it approaches the Florida Panhandle

Oct. 9, 2018 8:05 AM EDT
MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Michael strengthens to a Category 2 storm in the Gulf of Mexico as it approaches the Florida Panhandle.

The Latest: Hurricane Michael is continuing to intensify

Oct. 8, 2018 11:19 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Michael (all times local): 11:00 p.m. Michael is continuing to intensify and storm surge and hurricane warnings are in effect for the northeastern Gulf Coast. By 11 p.m. Monday, Michael's top sustained winds were around 90 mph (144 kph) as it headed north at...

Judge tosses fishermen's suit against Obama ocean monument

Oct. 5, 2018 3:29 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal judge tossed a lawsuit Friday from a group of fishing associations that challenged the creation of an underwater monument in the Atlantic Ocean. The fishing groups sued in federal court in Washington against creation of Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National...