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Replica of Dana's Pilgrim tall ship sinks at California dock

Mar. 30, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) — A replica of the sailing vessel Pilgrim that Richard Henry Dana Jr. wrote about in “Two Years Before the Mast” has sunk at its dock in Dana Point, California, where it served as a classroom for marine science and maritime history programs. The 130-foot-long...

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...

Record 48 Hawaiian monk seal pups born in islands in 2019

Mar. 20, 2020 9:15 AM EDT

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A record 48 Hawaiian monk seal pups were born in the main Hawaiian Islands in 2019, officials said. The Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program's 2019 population assessment found the number remained about the same as the 2018 count of 1,400 seals, West Hawaii Today reported ...

Baby seal rescued from state park in Delaware

Mar. 18, 2020 10:37 AM EDT

LEWES, Del. (AP) — A baby seal has been rescued on one of Delaware's beaches. The News Journal reported that the young gray seal was recovered Tuesday on the beach at Cape Henlopen State park near Lewes. Suzanne Thurman, executive director of Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute, and a...

Probation to end early for man who misused UNH credit card

Mar. 18, 2020 1:30 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A judge agreed to cut a two-year probation in half for a former University of New Hampshire researcher who pleaded guilty to stealing money from federal research grants. Prosecutors said Jichun Zhang, 47, submitted fictitious receipts for nearly $7,000 in expenses on a credit card. The...

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. ...

NH studies effect of rising seas on coastal roadways

Feb. 28, 2020 10:54 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire officials will use federal funds to examine the effects of rising seas on major highways and connecting routes along the coast. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is funding a " vulnerability assessment " for the I-95, Route 1 and Route 1A corridors and...

4 hospitalized after wave slams Virginia whale-watching boat

Feb. 24, 2020 7:47 AM EST

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Fourpeople were taken to a hospital over the weekend after a rogue wave hit their whale-watching boat during a Virginia Aquarium tour. The incident happened after the vessel left the Virginia Beach Fishing Center at 10 a.m., Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center spokesman...