Latest Marine biology News

Injured transient orca appears healthy near Washington state

Feb. 19, 2020 3:02 PM EST

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — An orca that injured its tail when its transient pod swam near Washington state in August now appears healthy, researchers said. Researchers from the Center of Whale Research confirmed they saw the killer whale named Jack swimming with his family north of the San Juan Islands...

In this Feb. 11, 2020, photo, Asian carp are unloaded at Two Rivers Fisheries in Wickliffe, Ky. Asian carp were imported to the U.S. in the 1960s and 1970s as an eco-friendly alternative to poisons for ridding southern fish farms and sewage lagoons of algae, weeds and parasites. The advance of the invasive carp, however, threatens to upend aquatic ecosystems, starve out native fish and wipe out endangered mussel and snail populations along the Mississippi River and dozens of tributaries. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Asian carp roundup in Kentucky opens new front in battle

Feb. 12, 2020 12:12 PM EST

GOLDEN POND, Ky. (AP) — Like a slow-motion, underwater cattle drive, wildlife officials in a half-dozen aluminum boats used pulses of electricity and sound on a recent gray morning to herd schools of Asian carp toward 1,000-foot-long (305 meters) nets. The ongoing roundup on wind-rippled Kentucky Lake...

SC school team picked for spaceflight experiments program

Feb. 10, 2020 12:02 AM EST

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — It's back to space again for Alice Drive Middle School. On Jan.30, another all-girl team at the Miller Road school discovered its experiment had been selected by a national review board of researchers and distinguished educators to participate in a student spaceflight experiments...

Gray whale license plate funds $300K in research, protection

Feb. 5, 2020 2:45 PM EST

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — Sales of Oregon's new gray whale license plate have raised about $300,000 for Oregon State University's Marine Mammal Institute, which uses the funds to study the massive mammals that migrate from Mexico to feed off the U.S. West coast each summer. The license plate shows the image of...

Florida Senate passes bill to block local bans on sunscreen

Jan. 29, 2020 6:02 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida cities and counties wouldn't be able to ban sunscreens containing ingredients that some researchers say harm coral reefs, under a bill passed by the state Senate on Wednesday. The Senate voted 25-14 in favor of the bill after no discussion or debate. If it becomes law, a...

File - In this Jan. 18, 2014, file photo, a female resident orca whale breaches while swimming in Puget Sound near Bainbridge Island, Wash., as seen from a federally permitted research vessel. The Center for Whale Research says a endangered large male orca is missing and presumed dead. The whale, known L41, was not with his family when researchers encountered them last week. L41's death would leave just 72 animals in the

Another endangered Northwest orca missing, feared dead

Jan. 28, 2020 8:02 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Another endangered orca is missing and presumed dead in the Pacific Northwest, a large male who had fathered many of the population's calves in the past three decades. The whale, born in 1977 and known as L41 or by the nickname Mega, was not with his family when researchers encountered them...

Crab larvae suffering shell damage from ocean acidification

Jan. 24, 2020 10:34 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Ocean acidification is damaging the shells of young Dungeness crab in the Pacific Northwest, an impact that scientists did not expect until much later this century, according to new research. A study released in the journal Science of the Total Environment this week is based on a 2016 survey...

Son of ex-US Rep. Christopher Collins spared prison

Jan. 23, 2020 7:04 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The son of former U.S. Rep. Christopher Collins was spared a prison sentence Thursday after pleading guilty in an insider trading conspiracy with his father. U.S. District Judge Vernon Broderick ordered 27-year-old Cameron Collins to serve 500 hours of community service over the next five...

Iguanas, nude beaches on Florida lawmakers' agenda next week

Jan. 18, 2020 9:35 AM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Legislature set a lot of lofty goals for their annual 60-day session: passing a budget expected to top $90 billion dollars; lowering the cost of health care; preventing blue-green algae; and boosting teacher pay. But also on the agenda entering the second week of...

Officials to begin 3-year study of elk in Kentucky

Jan. 17, 2020 4:18 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Researchers are launching a three-year study of elk in Kentucky. The University of Kentucky and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources are teaming up on the study, which begins this month and will focus on elk reproduction and survival, WFPL radio reported. The...