Latest Oceans News

AP PHOTOS: In Teahupo'o, Tahiti, coastal village life thrives among powerful waves

Feb. 20, 2024 23:06 PM EST

TEAHUPO'O, French Polynesia (AP) — In Teahupo'o, the ocean is the heart of village life. Boats bob in the lagoon in the south of Tahiti at sunrise before fishers start their day. Many set out early with poles or spears to catch fish gliding among the corals — fresh food for...

Hundreds are set to descend on Tahiti for Olympic surfing. Can locals protect their way of life?

Feb. 20, 2024 06:22 AM EST

TEAHUPO'O, French Polynesia (AP) — Peva Levy said he felt a powerful, natural energy known as “mana” when he surfed Teahupo'o’s waves on a piece of plywood for the first time, rushing down a crumbling white surf in front of an untouched volcanic beach several years before the steady streams...

Ocean system that moves heat gets closer to collapse, which could cause weather chaos, study says

Feb. 09, 2024 16:40 PM EST

An abrupt shutdown of Atlantic Ocean currents that could put large parts of Europe in a deep freeze is looking a bit more likely and closer than before as a new complex computer simulation finds a “cliff-like” tipping point looming in the future. A long-worried nightmare...

NASA climate satellite blasts off to survey oceans and atmosphere of a warming Earth

Feb. 08, 2024 02:14 AM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s newest climate satellite rocketed into orbit Thursday to survey the world’s oceans and atmosphere in never-before-seen detail. SpaceX launched the Pace satellite on its $948 million mission before dawn, with the Falcon rocket heading south...

'Pineapple Expresses' and rising seas are battering California's piers, threatening iconic landmarks

Feb. 02, 2024 19:21 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — More storms, rising seas and huge waves are taking their toll on California’s iconic piers that have dotted the Pacific coast since the Gold Rush, posing the biggest threat yet to the beach landmarks that have become a quintessential part of the landscape. At...

A grainy sonar image reignites excitement and skepticism over Earhart's final flight

Jan. 31, 2024 13:20 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A grainy sonar image recorded by a private pilot has reinvigorated interest in one of the past century’s most alluring mysteries: What happened to Amelia Earhart when her plane vanished during her flight around the world in 1937? Numerous expeditions have...

Largest deep-sea coral reef to date is mapped by scientists off the US Atlantic coast

Jan. 19, 2024 11:17 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have mapped the largest coral reef deep in the ocean, stretching hundreds of miles off the U.S. Atlantic coast. While researchers have known since the 1960s that some coral were present off the Atlantic, the reef's size remained a mystery until new...

Record high tide in Maine washes away 3 historic fishing shacks

Jan. 14, 2024 16:32 PM EST

MEREDITH, N.H. (AP) — A record high tide in Maine washed away three historic fishing shacks that had stood since the 1800s and formed the backdrop of countless photographs. Michelle Erskine said she was visiting fisherman's point at Willard Beach in South Portland on Saturday when...

US Virgin Islands will build its first artificial reef to protect itself from storms

Jan. 11, 2024 19:57 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. Virgin Islands will soon build its first artificial reef to protect its coasts and help the U.S. territory become more resilient ahead of future storms, officials announced Thursday. The 18-foot (5-meter) by 12-foot (4-meter) reef will be...

Huge surf pounds West Coast and Hawaii, flooding some low-lying areas

Dec. 28, 2023 19:59 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Powerful surf rolled onto beaches on the West Coast and Hawaii on Thursday as a big swell generated by the stormy Pacific Ocean pushed toward shorelines, causing localized flooding. Forecasters urged people to stay off rocks and jetties, and to not turn their...