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In this March 11, 2006 photo provided by the New England Aquarium, a whale swims off the coast of Georgia with fresh propeller cuts on its back. The whale is assumed to have died from its injuries, as it was never seen again. Ship strikes are one of the biggest causes of mortality for large whales, and scientists say the problem is getting worse because of the warming of the oceans.  (Brenna Kraus/The New England Aquarium via AP)

Whales face more fatal ship collisions as waters warm

Mar. 28, 2020 12:14 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Climate change is imperiling the world's largest animals by increasing the likelihood of fatal collisions between whales and big ships that ply the same waters. Warming ocean temperatures are causing some species of whales in pursuit of food to stray more frequently into shipping...

Washington state residents divided on removal of dams

Mar. 11, 2020 2:14 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — People in Washington state remain sharply divided on whether four federal hydroelectric dams along the Snake River should be removed to help endangered salmon and orca recover, a state report concluded. The final version of the report said the dams bring benefits and liabilities to...

Rep. Spencer Roach, R-North Fort Myers, closes on his sponsored bill to ban the banning of sunscreen containing ingredients that some researchers say harm coral reefs during session Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

People over coral?: Florida could ban sunscreen bans

Mar. 10, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Key West wants to protect the coral reefs that are vital to the southernmost city's economy. The Florida Legislature is saying not so fast. A year after Key West voted to ban the sale of sunscreens that contain chemicals researchers say harm coral reefs, the House voted 68-47...

As Wisconsin lakes warm, walleye are feeling the heat

Mar. 7, 2020 1:01 AM EST

Arguably the most prized fish in Wisconsin, walleye hold a cultural significance that reaches far beyond being a thrilling fish to catch and a delicious fish to eat for the spear fishers and recreational anglers who harvest them. But walleye populations have been declining for the better part of two decades. ...

Injured transient orca appears healthy near Washington state

Feb. 19, 2020 3:02 PM EST

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — An orca that injured its tail when its transient pod swam near Washington state in August now appears healthy, researchers said. Researchers from the Center of Whale Research confirmed they saw the killer whale named Jack swimming with his family north of the San Juan Islands...

In this Feb. 11, 2020, photo, Asian carp are unloaded at Two Rivers Fisheries in Wickliffe, Ky. Asian carp were imported to the U.S. in the 1960s and 1970s as an eco-friendly alternative to poisons for ridding southern fish farms and sewage lagoons of algae, weeds and parasites. The advance of the invasive carp, however, threatens to upend aquatic ecosystems, starve out native fish and wipe out endangered mussel and snail populations along the Mississippi River and dozens of tributaries. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Asian carp roundup in Kentucky opens new front in battle

Feb. 12, 2020 12:12 PM EST

GOLDEN POND, Ky. (AP) — Like a slow-motion, underwater cattle drive, wildlife officials in a half-dozen aluminum boats used pulses of electricity and sound on a recent gray morning to herd schools of Asian carp toward 1,000-foot-long (305 meters) nets. The ongoing roundup on wind-rippled Kentucky Lake...

SC school team picked for spaceflight experiments program

Feb. 10, 2020 12:02 AM EST

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — It's back to space again for Alice Drive Middle School. On Jan.30, another all-girl team at the Miller Road school discovered its experiment had been selected by a national review board of researchers and distinguished educators to participate in a student spaceflight experiments...

Gray whale license plate funds $300K in research, protection

Feb. 5, 2020 2:45 PM EST

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — Sales of Oregon's new gray whale license plate have raised about $300,000 for Oregon State University's Marine Mammal Institute, which uses the funds to study the massive mammals that migrate from Mexico to feed off the U.S. West coast each summer. The license plate shows the image of...

Florida Senate passes bill to block local bans on sunscreen

Jan. 29, 2020 6:02 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida cities and counties wouldn't be able to ban sunscreens containing ingredients that some researchers say harm coral reefs, under a bill passed by the state Senate on Wednesday. The Senate voted 25-14 in favor of the bill after no discussion or debate. If it becomes law, a...

File - In this Jan. 18, 2014, file photo, a female resident orca whale breaches while swimming in Puget Sound near Bainbridge Island, Wash., as seen from a federally permitted research vessel. The Center for Whale Research says a endangered large male orca is missing and presumed dead. The whale, known L41, was not with his family when researchers encountered them last week. L41's death would leave just 72 animals in the

Another endangered Northwest orca missing, feared dead

Jan. 28, 2020 8:02 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Another endangered orca is missing and presumed dead in the Pacific Northwest, a large male who had fathered many of the population's calves in the past three decades. The whale, born in 1977 and known as L41 or by the nickname Mega, was not with his family when researchers encountered them...