Oceans - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Oceans Young whale finds its way out of Southern California harbor VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A humpback whale that made a big splash with boaters after wandering into a Southern California harbor was on the move again Sunday after finding its way back to the open ocean. "We have great news," an ecstatic Ventura Harbormaster John Higgins told The Associated Press. "The whale was able to find its way out." Authorities may hav... Sun, 21 May 2017 18:57:00 GMT 2017-05-21T18:57:00Z Exhibit explores heyday of Atlantic Ocean luxury liners SALEM, Mass. (AP) — This was the golden era for ocean travel: when ladies wore floor-length ball gowns, sometimes with parasols in hand, and gents donned flared frock-coats that gave them an hour-glass figure, a style inspired by Prince Albert. Opulence and beauty were paramount for the cruise liner. Fans can now relive this bygone era through some tellta... Fri, 19 May 2017 19:47:00 GMT 2017-05-19T19:47:00Z Democrats' debate for Virginia governor a study in nuance NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Democratic hopefuls for governor of Virginia clashed Tuesday over proposed gas pipelines and each other's past positions on gun rights at their penultimate debate in Norfolk on Tuesday evening. But the forum was mostly a study in policy nuances within the Democratic playbook. Both Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and former congressman Tom Perri... Wed, 17 May 2017 02:46:00 GMT 2017-05-17T02:46:00Z Tiny uninhabited Pacific isle has 38 million pieces of trash WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — When researchers traveled to a tiny, uninhabited island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, they were astonished to find an estimated 38 million pieces of trash washed up on the beaches. Almost all of the garbage they found on Henderson Island was made from plastic. There were toy soldiers, dominos, toothbrushes and hundreds... Wed, 17 May 2017 01:14:00 GMT 2017-05-17T01:14:00Z Gov't to begin seismic surveys in Atlantic in drilling push WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Wednesday it is moving forward on seismic surveys in the Atlantic Ocean, the first step toward offshore drilling in a region where it has been blocked for decades. The Interior Department said it is reviewing six applications by energy companies that were rejected by the Obama administration. Environmental g... Wed, 10 May 2017 22:21:00 GMT 2017-05-10T22:21:00Z Researchers seek better ways to farm popular Pacific fish PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — The dark gray fish prized for its buttery flavor live deep in the ocean, so researchers keep their lab cold and dark to simulate ideal conditions for sablefish larvae. A biologist shines his dim red headlamp and uses an ultrasound to scan the belly of an anesthetized sablefish about the length of his forearm to tell if it's female and has eggs to c... Sun, 07 May 2017 18:33:00 GMT 2017-05-07T18:33:00Z Correction: Trump-Offshore Drilling story ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — In some versions of a story May 3 about a lawsuit seeking to maintain a drilling ban in the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name of one plaintiff. It is the Center for Biological Diversity, not the Center for Biological Development. A corrected version of the story is below: Groups sue to ... Thu, 04 May 2017 16:02:00 GMT 2017-05-04T16:02:00Z Trump to sign order aimed at expanding offshore drilling WASHINGTON (AP) — Working to dismantle his predecessor's environmental legacy, President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order Friday that could lead to the expansion of drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. With one day left to rack up accomplishments before he reaches his 100th day in office, Trump will order his interior secretary to revi... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 01:29:00 GMT 2017-04-28T01:29:00Z California says oceans could rise higher than thought SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — New climate-change findings mean the Pacific Ocean off California may rise higher, and storms and high tides hit harder, than previously thought, officials said. The state's Ocean Protection Council on Wednesday revised upward its predictions for how much water off California will rise as the climate warms. The forecast helps agencies in the nation's mos... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:20:00 GMT 2017-04-27T22:20:00Z Scientists investigate large number of humpback whale deaths PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Government scientists launched an investigation Thursday into an unusually large number of humpback whale deaths from North Carolina to Maine, the first such "unusual mortality event" declaration in a decade. Forty-one whales have died in the region in 2016 and so far in 2017, far exceeding the average of about 14 per year, said Deb... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:21:00 GMT 2017-04-27T19:21:00Z Monument review includes oceans, tribal lands and Sequoias SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump's call to review 24 national monuments established by three former presidents puts in limbo protections on large swaths of land home to ancient cliff dwellings, towering Sequoias, deep, canyons and oceans habitats where seals, whales and sea turtles roam. Trump and other critics say presidents have lost sight o... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:19:00 GMT 2017-04-27T08:19:00Z Trump to sign orders on oil drilling, national monuments WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will sign executive orders this week aimed at expanding offshore oil drilling and reviewing national monument designations made by his predecessors, continuing the Republican's assault on Democratic President Barack Obama's environmental legacy. The orders could expand oil drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:44:00 GMT 2017-04-24T22:44:00Z Drift analysis says MH370 likely crashed north of search CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Analysis of a genuine Boeing 777 wing flap has reaffirmed experts' opinion that a missing Malaysian airliner most likely crashed north of an abandoned search area in the Indian Ocean, officials said Friday. The $160 million search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 ended in January after a deep-sea sonar scan of 120,000 square kil... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 06:07:00 GMT 2017-04-21T06:07:00Z Ocean world near Saturn top contender for life beyond Earth CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A tiny, ice-encrusted ocean world orbiting Saturn is now a hotter-than-ever candidate for potential life. NASA's Cassini spacecraft has detected hydrogen molecules in the geysers shooting off the moon Enceladus, possibly the result of deep-sea chemical reactions between water and rock that could spark microbial life, scientists announced Thursday.... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 22:04:00 GMT 2017-04-13T22:04:00Z Oman's mountains may hold clues for reversing climate change WADI ABDAH, Oman (AP) — Deep in the jagged red mountains of Oman, geologists are searching for an efficient and cheap way to remove carbon dioxide from the air and oceans — and perhaps begin to reverse climate change. They are coring samples from one of the world's only exposed sections of the Earth's mantle to uncover how a spontaneous natural process mi... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 18:19:00 GMT 2017-04-13T18:19:00Z Syrian refugee who fled war feared drowned off San Diego SAN DIEGO (AP) — A 17-year-old boy adjusting to a new life as a refugee in the United States after fleeing war-torn Syria with his parents and four sisters is presumed dead after disappearing in the ocean on his first trip to the beach. Mohammed al-Mustafa pleaded for permission to join friends on the beach, promising his mother he wouldn't go in the wate... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:51:00 GMT 2017-04-13T00:51:00Z Trump boosts coal as China takes the lead on climate change WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, cutting carbon emissions to stave off the worst impacts of climate change was routinely near the top of the agenda at talks between the leaders of the United States and China. Not anymore. As President Donald Trump hosts President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida this week, the world's two largest economies and c... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 07:38:00 GMT 2017-04-06T07:38:00Z NOAA's biggest ship comes home after longest voyage The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's largest oceanographic research vessel has returned to its homeport after the longest deployment of any ship in the agency's history. NOAA Ship Robert H. Brown spent almost 800 days at sea during the 3½-year deployment. NOAA says the ship traveled almost 130,000 miles conducting scientific research and servicing buoys that... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 15:29:00 GMT 2017-04-04T15:29:00Z Nature groups want role in suit challenging marine monument PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Environmental groups that want to save a marine monument created by former President Barack Obama in the Atlantic Ocean off New England's coast are asking to intervene in a federal lawsuit that challenges its creation. They say the nearly 5,000-square-mile monument area has "extraordinary scientific and ecological importance," inclu... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 19:03:00 GMT 2017-03-30T19:03:00Z Study predicts significant Southern California beach erosion LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than half of Southern California's beaches could completely erode back to coastal infrastructure or sea cliffs by the year 2100 as the sea level rises, according to a study released Monday. Using a new computer model to predict shoreline effects caused by the rise of sea levels and changes in storm patterns from climate change, the... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:31:00 GMT 2017-03-27T23:31:00Z Correction: Endangered Seal Death-Aquaculture story HONOLULU (AP) — In a story March 17, about an endangered Hawaiian Monk seal dying in a fish farm pen, The Associated Press reported erroneously a funding source for the farm. The farm, Blue Ocean Mariculture, has not received federal funding. The NOAA research funding was granted to the previous owners of the facility, under the name Kona Blue Water Farms. ... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:36:00 GMT 2017-03-22T22:36:00Z Arctic sea ice dips to record low for winter WASHINGTON (AP) — The frigid top of the Earth just set yet another record for low levels of sea ice in what scientists say is a signal of an overheating world. The extent of floating ice in the Arctic hit a new low for winter: 5.57 million square miles (14.42 million square kilometers). That's about 35,000 square miles (97,000 square kilometers) — an area about the size of ... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:41:00 GMT 2017-03-22T20:41:00Z APNewsBreak: Rare monk seal dies in fish farm off Hawaii HONOLULU (AP) — An endangered Hawaiian monk seal has died after wandering into a net pen and becoming trapped at a fish farm that was partially funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Hawaii. Officials with NOAA said Thursday the death of the 10-year-old monk seal happened at Blue Ocean Mariculture, the same fish farm that NOAA's ... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 02:52:00 GMT 2017-03-18T02:52:00Z AP FACT CHECK: Fukushima radiation not cause for alarm in US Radiation from the Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster in Japan has reached North American shores, but — despite a number of reports shared on social media— scientists say the levels of radiation are so low that it poses no risk to public health. Late last year, researchers announced that Cesium-134 was discovered in waters off the coast of Oregon and in o... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:29:00 GMT 2017-03-17T18:29:00Z Scientists race to prevent wipeout of world's coral reefs SOUTH ARI ATOLL, Maldives (AP) — There were startling colors here just a year ago, a dazzling array of life beneath the waves. Now this Maldivian reef is dead, killed by the stress of rising ocean temperatures. What's left is a haunting expanse of gray, a scene repeated in reefs across the globe in what has fast become a full-blown ecological catastrophe. ... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 19:41:00 GMT 2017-03-14T19:41:00Z Truckloads of baby fish hauled to river in restoration plan LOSTINE, Ore. (AP) — These speckled, rose-tinted fish haven't been spotted in this bubbling river in remote northeastern Oregon for more than 30 years — until now. But this week, the waters of the Lostine River suddenly came alive as hundreds of the 4- and 5-inch-long juvenile coho salmon shot from a long white hose attached to a water tanker truck and into the frigid curren... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 19:20:00 GMT 2017-03-10T19:20:00Z 2 challenging mysteries have one thing in common: Malaysia KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Two of the world's most intriguing mysteries are in the hands of Malaysian investigators. Will they ever find all the answers to either? One of them — the fatal poisoning of the half brother of North Korea's ruler with a banned nerve agent — happened long after the other — Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which vanished three years ago Wednesday. I... Wed, 08 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT 2017-03-08T00:00:00Z $9.5 million in penalties in platform blast, Gulf violations NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An oil industry services company will pay $9.5 million in penalties for Gulf of Mexico safety violations and for pollution from a 2012 offshore platform fire that killed three workers. The penalties against Houston-based Wood Group PSN were announced Thursday by the U.S. Justice Department in Washington and U.S. attorneys in New Orleans... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:15:00 GMT 2017-02-24T06:15:00Z In hot water: Climate change harms hot spots of ocean life WASHINGTON (AP) — The six ocean hot spots that teem with the biggest mix of species are also getting hit hardest by global warming and industrial fishing, a new study finds. An international team looked at more than 2,100 species of fish, seabirds, marine mammals and even tiny plankton to calculate Earth's hot spots of marine biodiversity. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:49:00 GMT 2017-02-22T20:49:00Z Warm ocean water triggered vast seabird die-off, experts say ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A year after tens of thousands of common murres, an abundant North Pacific seabird, starved and washed ashore on beaches from California to Alaska, researchers have pinned the cause to unusually warm ocean temperatures that affected the tiny fish they eat. Elevated temperatures in seawater affected wildlife in a pair of major mari... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:21:00 GMT 2017-02-10T17:21:00Z