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This undated photo provided by the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography shows one of two new baby Weedy Seadragons that were born at Birch Aquarium this week in San Diego. The Southern California aquarium has successfully bred the rare weedy sea dragon, the lesser known cousin of the sea horse that resembles seaweed when floating. San Diego's Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography said in a news release Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, that two weedy sea dragons have hatched this week, making the aquarium one of the few in the world to successfully breed the unusual fish. (Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography via AP)

San Diego aquarium breeds rare weedy sea dragon in captivity

Feb. 13, 2020 8:12 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Southern California aquarium has successfully bred the rare weedy sea dragon, the lesser known cousin of the sea horse that resembles seaweed when floating. San Diego's Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography said in a news release Thursday that two weedy sea dragons have...

FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 file photo, people stand on a balcony during flooding in Girona, Spain. A storm caused rivers to overflow and sea waters to inundate vast agricultural areas in eastern Spain. On Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, scientists from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the previous month was the hottest January on record since experts began keeping temperature tallies in 1880. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Last month was hottest January on record, US scientists say

Feb. 13, 2020 3:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Last month was the hottest January since scientists began keeping temperature records in 1880, U.S. government forecasters said Thursday. The global average land and ocean surface temperature in January was 2.05 degrees Fahrenheit (1.14 degrees Celsius) above the average January...

Omega Protein's Menhaden processing plant on Cockrell's Creek in Reedville, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. The last east coast fishery now produces fish oil for health supplements and faces a possible moratorium over concerns about overfishing in the Chesapeake Bay. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Last of its kind, fishery faces reckoning in Chesapeake Bay

Feb. 11, 2020 11:33 AM EST

REEDVILLE, Va. (AP) — For a guy who left school after 11th grade, George Ball figures he has the best-paying job available on this rural stretch of Chesapeake Bay shoreline. He catches a fish called Atlantic menhaden, used to make fish oil pills and farm-raised salmon feed, and earns about $50,000 a...

Maldives to enhance security for tourists after stabbings

Feb. 7, 2020 10:38 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Maldives government plans to increase security for tourists after suspected Islamic extremists stabbed three foreigners in the Indian Ocean nation. The National Security Council was working with the police and other agencies to find out more about the attack, its motives and...

1 resident killed, another hurt as fire roars through home

Feb. 6, 2020 11:08 AM EST

OCEAN GROVE, N.J. (AP) — A fast-moving fire roared through a multifamily home in central New Jersey early Thursday, leaving one resident dead and another injured, authorities said. Two emergency responders also suffered minor injuries in the blaze, which broke out around 2 a.m. in a three-story Ocean Grove...

Report: Poor visibility led Russian chopper to crash in sea

Feb. 6, 2020 10:39 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Poor visibility caused a Russian helicopter to crash into the Arctic Ocean Ocean with eight people on board who all perished, Norwegian accident investigators reported Thursday. The October 2017 crash took place off Svalbard, an Arctic archipelago that belongs to Norway. The body...

Mississippi recreational red snapper season May 22-July 12

Feb. 6, 2020 5:26 AM EST

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — The first part of Mississippi's recreational red snapper season will run from May 22 through July 12. A midseason closure will let the Department of Marine Resources and the related commission analyze data and decide how to manage the remaining quota, officials said in a news release...

FILE - In a June 1, 2017 file photo, P.S. Ansley of the charter boat Cutting Edge, is framed by red snapper as he cleans fish on the Destin Harbor in Destin, Florida. The Department of Commerce on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 approved a measure giving Gulf states the authority to manage private recreational red snapper fishing in federal waters as well as state waters. (Nick Tomecek/Northwest Florida Daily News via AP, File)

Feds: Gulf states to keep managing recreational red snapper

Feb. 5, 2020 5:49 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — States on the Gulf of Mexico can keep setting seasons and bag limits for anglers going after red snapper in federal waters when a two-year experiment becomes permanent Thursday. The rule will take effect with publication in the Federal Register, the U.S. Commerce Department said. The...

In this Jan. 11, 2020 photo a man photographs waves crashing onto the cliffs at Rodea Point in Lincoln County, Ore. during an extreme high tide that coincided with a big winter storm. Amateur scientists are whipping out their smartphones to document the effects of extreme high tides on shore lines from the United States to New Zealand, and by doing so are helping better predict what rising sea levels due to climate change will mean for coastal communities around the world. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

Photos of 'king tides' globally show risks of climate change

Feb. 5, 2020 1:02 PM EST

DEPOE BAY, Ore. (AP) — Tourists, nature lovers and amateur scientists are whipping out their cameras to document the effects of extreme high tides on shorelines from the United States to New Zealand, and by doing so are helping better predict what rising sea levels will mean for coastal communities around...

In this handout photo taken in Jan. 2020 and provided by Nekton, scientists lower the “Limiting Factor” submarine into the Mediterranean Sea, part of sea trials before the next stage of the Nekton Mission begins in mid-March. A team of scientists is preparing to dive deep into the depths of the Indian Ocean - into a “Midnight Zone” where light barely reaches, but life still thrives. Scientists from the British-led Nekton Mission plan to survey wildlife and gauge the effects of climate change in the unexplored area. (Nekton via AP)

Scientists dive into 'Midnight Zone' to study dark ocean

Feb. 5, 2020 12:37 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A team of scientists is preparing to dive deep into the depths of the Indian Ocean — into a “Midnight Zone” where light barely reaches but life still thrives. Scientists from the British-led Nekton Mission plan to survey wildlife and gauge the effects of...