Latest Oceans News

Sea dragons captivate visitors at California aquarium

May. 22, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

LA JOLLA, California (AP) — At first glance, it looks like a branch of kelp, but then an eye moves among its leafy appendages, and ridges of tiny, translucent fins start to flutter, sending the creature gliding through the water like something from a fairy tale. A Southern California aquarium has built...

UN demands Britain end rule of Chagos Islands in 6 months

May. 22, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to demand that Britain end its "colonial administration" of the Chagos Islands, which include the U.S. air base on Diego Garcia, and return them to Mauritius within six months. The 193-member world body approved a resolution...

Officials: Body of Florida man found on Gulf of Mexico

May. 20, 2019 4:01 AM EDT

DESTIN, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials say a man was found unconscious floating face down near the Gulf of Mexico coast and rushed to a hospital where he died. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office says a medical examiner's office has yet to determine the official cause of death, but it suspected the man had...

Whale expert to speak at New England Aquarium

May. 19, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A prominent marine mammal scientist is speaking at the New England Aquarium to explain why saving the endangered North Atlantic right whale is important for the health of the ocean. Scott Kraus' lecture Tuesday presented by Women Working for Oceans at the aquarium's IMAX Theatre in Boston is...

Oil sheen 'barely visible' at site of 14-year-old Gulf leak

May. 16, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

A chronic sheen has become "barely visible" since government contractors installed a new underwater system for capturing and collecting crude at a site in the Gulf of Mexico where oil has been leaking for 14 years, a Coast Guard official said Thursday. A Coast Guard statement describes the installation of the...

Chatham departure of first trans-Atlantic flight recalled

May. 16, 2019 9:29 AM EDT

CHATHAM, Mass. (AP) — One hundred years ago, in the early morning hours of May 9, 1919, a watchstander at the Orleans Lifesaving Station saw something he'd never seen before. Perched high on a hill on Little Pochet Island, he had a commanding view of the Atlantic Ocean beyond the barrier beach. Approaching...

Man, boy are dead after being pulled from Atlantic Ocean

May. 15, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. (AP) — Authorities on the North Carolina coast say a man and a boy have died after they were pulled from the Atlantic Ocean. WITN-TV in Greenville reports Lt. Nate Nelson with the Atlantic Beach Fire Department says a man and a boy were pulled from the waters west of the Oceanana Pier...

UN leader travels to Pacific to see climate change firsthand

May. 15, 2019 4:10 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday that he's traveling to three South Pacific island nations to see the effects of climate change firsthand. Speaking in Fiji, the U.N. leader said he wanted to learn about the work being undertaken by island communities to...

Explorer recounts making the deepest ocean dive in history

May. 14, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Taking the hours-long journey to what is believed to be the deepest point mankind has visited in any ocean was a complicated one, and for Victor Vescovo, it meant being constantly on the alert as he monitored his state-of-the-art vessel. But when he reached 10,928 meters into the Challenger...

Is sea rise wrecking coastal home values? The answer: Maybe

May. 14, 2019 7:15 PM EDT

SALISBURY, Mass. (AP) — For sale: waterfront property with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. Waves erode beach regularly. Flooding gets worse every year. Saltwater damage to lawn. Asking price: anyone's guess. Some research suggests rising sea levels and flooding brought by global warming are harming...