Latest Oceans News

Officials: high tide flooding more common as sea levels rise

Aug. 10, 2022 08:32 AM EDT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said high tide flooding has become more common as sea levels rise and is affecting residents of coastal towns and states. Floods that used to only occur during large storms now occur more regularly from...

In dry California, salty water creeps into key waterways

Aug. 08, 2022 17:37 PM EDT

RIO VISTA, Calif. (AP) — Charlie Hamilton hasn't irrigated his vineyards with water from the Sacramento River since early May, even though it flows just yards from his crop. Nearby to the south, the industrial Bay Area city of Antioch has supplied its people with water from the San...

Experts: SW Florida to see daily tidal floods by 2100

Aug. 07, 2022 03:15 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — There will only be one day in the year 2100 where nuisance high tide flooding isn’t an issue in the Fort Myers area. Naples will be flooded by incoming tides every day, according to the latest tide predictions coming from the National Oceanic and...

Drought, sluggish Mississippi River make small dead zone

Aug. 03, 2022 18:55 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drought made the Mississippi River sluggish and led to a smaller than average dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico — an area where there’s too little oxygen to support marine life, the scientist who's been measuring it for decades said Wednesday. Each year,...

World's toughest turtle? Survivor among 8 returned to ocean

Aug. 02, 2022 13:07 PM EDT

POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — If what doesn't kill you truly makes you stronger, then Titan is the strongest turtle in the ocean. The juvenile Loggerhead turtle has been gashed by a boat propeller, had part of his front flipper bitten off by a shark, and was being attacked by a...

Feds target US companies caught in lucrative shark fin trade

Aug. 02, 2022 09:57 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — It's one of the seafood industry's most gruesome hunts. Every year, the fins of as many as 73 million sharks are sliced from the backs of the majestic sea predators, their bleeding bodies sometimes dumped back into the ocean where they are left to suffocate or die of...

No reported damage in Philippines from Chinese rocket debris

Aug. 01, 2022 08:54 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — There was no reported damage in a western Philippine region where debris from the final stage of a rocket that launched part of China’s new space station reportedly fell, a Filipino official said Monday. Philippine Space Agency official Marc Talampas...

EXPLAINER: One weather system floods St. Louis and Kentucky

Jul. 29, 2022 23:18 PM EDT

Hundreds of miles apart, but still connected by the same stubborn weather system, urban St. Louis and rural Appalachia are showing how devastating flash flooding can be when souped-up storms dump massive amounts of rain with no place to go. In St. Louis, the paved city environment...

Aviator Amelia Earhart honored with statue at U.S. Capitol

Jul. 27, 2022 15:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders and Kansas officials praised aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart on Wednesday for advancing the cause of women's rights during her barrier-breaking career at a ceremony unveiling her statue in the U.S. Capitol. Earhart, the first woman to fly...

Cameroon becomes a go-to country for foreign fishing vessels

Jul. 27, 2022 03:30 AM EDT

DOUALA, Cameroon (AP) — Off the coast of West Africa, the Trondheim is a familiar sight: a soccer field-sized ship, plying the waters from Nigeria to Mauritania as it pulls in tons of mackerel and sardines — and flying the red, yellow and green flag of Cameroon. But aside from...