Latest Oceanography News

Researchers from US and Canada team up to study white sharks

Dec. 2, 2020 1:17 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Researchers in New England and Canada are teaming up to learn more about the great white sharks appearing in Northeast waters in greater numbers each summer. More than a dozen organizations and state agencies from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine are part of the New...

Study looks at impact of ocean and dams on salmon runs

Dec. 1, 2020 6:52 PM EST

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — A controversial new study challenges long-standing science that pins salmon declines in the Snake River Basin on dams. The Lewiston Morning Tribune reports the work by British Columbia scientist David Welch puts the blame for poor returns of adult Snake River spring and fall chinook...

Stranded whale in Mobile Bay euthanized

Nov. 25, 2020 6:03 PM EST

MONTROSE, Ala. (AP) — Veterinarians on Wednesday euthanized a sperm whale that had been stranded in Mobile Bay and was no longer able to swim, a conservation group announced. The Dauphin Island Sea Lab Marine Mammal Research Program said the whale was sedated and euthanized Wednesday morning....

This Sept. 9, 2020 photo provided by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game shows Idaho Department of Fish and Game fisheries biologist Eli Felts looking down at Loon Creek to count chinook salmon spawning beds in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, Idaho. (Conor McLure/Idaho Department of Fish and Game via AP)

Unique Idaho salmon numbers rise, but extinction looms

Nov. 25, 2020 3:40 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A unique population of salmon that for thousands of years has been reproducing in one of Idaho’s wildest places experienced a small increase in adults returning to spawn this year. But the number of chinook salmon returning to the Middle Fork of the Salmon River and its...

Scientists study cause of endangered whale calf's death

Nov. 22, 2020 4:29 PM EST

CAPE LOOKOUT, N.C. (AP) — The National Park Service says scientists are trying to discover the cause of death of a whale calf belonging to “one of the rarest marine mammals” on earth after it was found stranded on a beach on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Biologists performed a necropsy...

Ecologist leads projects to protect, preserve the Eel River

Nov. 22, 2020 12:01 AM EST

DENVER, Ind. (AP) — Over the last eight years, the Eel River in northern Miami County has undergone a stunning transformation. Four low-head dams have been removed, making the river safer than ever before for paddlers. Fish and other aquatic animals are thriving that haven’t lived in the stream in...

In this Nov. 3, 2020 photo, provide by the European Space Agency, the Sentinel-6 satellite is placed inside the upper stage of a Falcon 9 rocket. The joint European-U.S. satellite mission to improve measurements of sea level rise is being launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Saturday Nov. 22, 2020. The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite, named after the late director of NASA’s Earth Science Division, is seen as a crucial tool for monitoring the impact of global warming on coastlines, where billions of people face the risk of encroaching oceans in the coming decades. (ESA/Stephane Corvaja via AP)

Europe, US 'climate guardian' satellite to monitor oceans

Nov. 20, 2020 4:27 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A "climate guardian" satellite set for launching this weekend will greatly help scientists keep track of the rise in sea levels, one of the most daunting effects of global warming, a senior official at the European Space Agency said Friday. The satellite, known as Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich...

This Oct. 1, 2020 photo shows windmills at a utility plant in Atlantic City N.J. On Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, New Jersey committed itself to building a transmission system capable of handling enough offshore wind energy to power 3.2 million homes. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

State commits to wind energy for 3.2M, eyes onshore sites

Nov. 18, 2020 2:58 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey formally committed itself Wednesday to using offshore wind energy to power 3.2 million homes and will study the best ways to get that electricity from ocean turbines to communities where it is needed. The state Board of Public Utilities voted to adopt the state's plan...

An Atlantic sturgeon washed up at the Virginia Beach, Va., oceanfront near 20th Street on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. Atlantic sturgeon are protected under the Endangered Species Act. The species used to have vast populations along the Atlantic coast before it was decimated by a caviar rush in the late 1800s. (Stacy Parker/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

Prehistoric Atlantic sturgeon washes up in Virginia Beach

Nov. 18, 2020 11:18 AM EST

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A rare and prehistoric fish has washed up on Virginia Beach's oceanfront. The Virginian-Pilot reports that the nearly five-foot long Atlantic sturgeon was found Saturday near 20th Street. The slow-moving, armor-plated species sometimes falls victim to ship strikes. And the...

Long-running plankton study to resume off of Maine

Nov. 16, 2020 6:00 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A long-running study of tiny organisms off New England is set to resume due to an agreement between scientific organizations. The survey is about plankton in the Gulf of Maine. Plankton are tiny animals and plants that play a key role in the ocean's food chain. The survey of Gulf of...