Latest Oceanography News

Australian finds message in a bottle written 50 years ago

Jul. 17, 2019 3:11 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A fisherman said on Wednesday he was looking for the author of a message in a bottle found off the southern Australian coast 50 years after it was written. Paul Elliot told Australian Broadcasting Corp. that he and his son Jyah found the bottle on the west coast of Eyre Peninsula...

Expect another huge blob of algae on Lake Erie this summer

Jul. 11, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Heavy rains that inundated the Great Lakes region this spring will fuel another massive algae bloom across parts of western Lake Erie later this summer, researchers said Thursday. Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expect this year's bloom to rank among...

Small leak found from nuclear Soviet sub that sank in 1989

Jul. 11, 2019 5:06 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A small radiation leak from a Soviet nuclear submarine that sank 30 years ago has been found, Norwegian researchers said Thursday, but it poses no risk to people or fish. Hilde Elise Heldal of the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research said that levels "weren't alarmingly high."...

'A floodier future': Scientists say records will be broken

Jul. 10, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The federal government is warning Americans to brace for a "floodier" future. Government scientists predict 40 places in the U.S. will experience higher than normal rates of so-called sunny day flooding this year because of rising sea levels and an abnormal El Nino weather...

Scientists get peek into how some fish change sex as adults

Jul. 10, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — If in the beginning there was male and female, fish seem to have forgotten the memo. For nearly 500 fish species, including the clownfish in "Finding Nemo," the great divide between sexes is more like a murky line: If circumstances call for it, the fish can swap their sex, with females...

Sturgeon, America's forgotten dinosaurs, slowly coming back

Jul. 10, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

CHARLES CITY, Va. (AP) — Sturgeon were America's vanishing dinosaurs, armor-plated beasts that crowded the nation's rivers until mankind's craving for caviar pushed them to the edge of extinction. More than a century later, some populations of the massive bottom feeding fish are showing signs of recovery...

Dead gray whale found floating in Budd Inlet near Olympia

Jul. 9, 2019 8:55 AM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A nonprofit that works with marine mammals says a 40-foot (12-meter) gray whale was found dead near Olympia. The Olympian reports after the adult male whale was found near West Bay Marina over the weekend, it was towed to an undisclosed beach and examined Sunday, according to Jessie...

Southern resident orcas spotted after unusual absence

Jul. 6, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Breaking an unprecedented run of days this summer without frequenting their home waters, J, K and even possibly L pod southern resident orcas were recently seen on the west side of San Juan Island. The Seattle Times reports that the endangered orcas had not been here this summer, except for...

Russia's whale release plan called success despite criticism

Jul. 4, 2019 4:55 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian scientists said Thursday that an effort to put nearly 100 illegally captured whales back in open water has been successful so far, but some environmentalists claimed it was badly organized. The condition of 97 belugas and orcas kept in cramped conditions in Russia's far east has drawn...

Scientists sound alarm after 6 rare whale deaths in a month

Jul. 3, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

A half-dozen North Atlantic right whales have died in the past month, leading scientists, government officials and conservationists to call for a swift response to protect the endangered species. There are only a little more than 400 of the right whales left. All six of the dead whales have been found in the Gulf...