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UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019

In hot water? Study says warming may reduce sea life by 17%

The world’s oceans will likely lose about one sixth of its fish and other marine life by the end of the century if climate change continues on its current path, …


Another orca born in boom dies, likely from malnutrition

Officials say a male orca born nearly three years ago has died, presumably from malnutrition.


New model confirms endangered right whales are declining

Researchers with the federal government and the New England Aquarium have developed a new model they said will provide better estimates about the North Atlantic right whale population, and the …


Huge sea turtles slowly coming back from brink of extinction

Sea turtles are lumbering back from the brink of extinction, a new study says.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 7, 2017

Australian teen’s feet bloodied by mystery sea creatures

A teenager who went for a swim at a Melbourne beach and emerged with his feet covered in blood has stumped marine experts.


UPDATED: Tue., July 25, 2017

SeaWorld’s last orca calf born in captivity has died

The last killer whale born in captivity under SeaWorld’s former orca-breeding program died Monday at the company’s San Antonio park, SeaWorld said.


UPDATED: Mon., July 24, 2017

Fishing crew catches 926-pound shark in New Jersey

A fishing crew in New Jersey has reeled in a 926-pound Mako shark, and environmental officials say it’s the biggest shark catch in the state’s history.


More invasive green crabs found near Sequim

A team with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service continues to catch more invasive European green crabs on the Dungeness Spit on the northern edge of the Olympic Peninsula.


Manatee taken off endangered species list

The manatee – for decades the poster mammal for environmental decline in Florida – is officially no longer an endangered species.


UPDATED: Sun., March 26, 2017

Seattle plant failure dumps millions of gallons of sewage in Puget Sound

Millions of gallons of raw sewage and untreated runoff have poured into Puget Sound since Washington state’s largest sewage treatment plant experienced equipment failures that forced it to stop fully …


Great Barrier Reef bleaching again; scientists say only swift climate action can save it

Last year the Great Barrier Reef saw unprecedented bleaching due to extremely warm ocean temperatures. It was the reef’s third and worst severe bleaching event. But now, scientists say, yet …


Mexico’s fight for endangered vaquita porpoise turns violent

A gang of dozens of fishermen overturned inspectors’ trucks, burned or destroyed 15 vehicles and patrol boats, and beat three inspectors from the office for environmental protection in a town …


Second orange alligator pops up in the Carolinas

For the second time this month, a rust-colored alligator has turned up in the Carolinas.


Oceans are losing oxygen, posing growing threats to marine life, research says

A large research synthesis, published in one of the world’s most influential scientific journals, has detected a decline in the amount of dissolved oxygen in oceans around the world – …


More than 200 whales swim away after New Zealand stranding

Whale lovers in New Zealand finally got some good news after more than 200 stranded whales managed to refloat themselves overnight and swim away, while volunteers managed to save another …


With fewer than 30 vaquita porpoises left, WWF calls for fishing ban

The World Wildlife Fund on Monday called for a complete ban on fishing in the habitat of the vaquita porpoise, noting an international committee of experts has determined that fewer …


Feds weigh petition asking for whale protection zone

The federal government is considering whether it should set up an area off Washington’s San Juan Island where endangered killer whales would be protected from motorboats and other disturbances.


SeaWorld: Tilikum, orca that killed trainer, has died

Tilikum, an orca that killed a trainer at SeaWorld Orlando in 2010 and was profiled in a documentary that helped sway popular opinion against keeping killer whales in captivity at …


Puget Sound aquatic habitat remains healthy, data suggests

Data suggests aquatic habitat in the Puget Sound remains healthy despite other measures of the sound’s health deteriorating.


Mexico plans to catch, protect last few vaquita porpoises

So few of Mexico’s vaquita porpoises remain that the international committee to protect the endangered species is preparing to catch and enclose as many as it can in a last-ditch …


SeaWorld cutting 320 jobs in restructuring

SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. is eliminating 320 jobs across its 12-park company.


Ailing humpback whale stuck in New York bay is euthanized

An ailing 25-foot humpback whale that became grounded on a sandbar off New York has been euthanized.


Humpback whale in cleaner Hudson River may be chasing a meal

A humpback whale seen swimming in New York’s Hudson River in recent days may be chasing a meal.


With three orcas missing, scientist calls for breaching Lower Snake River dams

Researchers who track the endangered population of orcas that frequent Washington state waters said Friday that three whales are missing or believed dead since summer.


Nearly 2,000-pound shark is being tracked off Virginia coast

She isn’t quite an adult, but at 12


Razor clam digs delayed by marine toxin levels at Long Beach

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is delaying razor clam digs at Long Beach and reviewing openings at other ocean beaches because of rising marine toxin levels.


Feds want to remove type of rockfish from endangered list

Federal biologists are proposing to remove a species of Puget Sound rockfish from the endangered species list.


Dead whale towed off Los Angeles beach ahead of holiday

Updates with whale towed out to sea. With AP Photos. AP Photo LA117, LA114, LA116, LA101, LA102, LA104


El Salvador river threatened by molasses spill

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – Environmental officials in El Salvador said more than 900,000 gallons of molasses spilled into a river near the border with Guatemala, fouling the waters and …


BP report blames itself, others for oil spill

Oil giant BP PLC laid much of the blame for the rig explosion and the massive Gulf of Mexico spill on itself, other companies’ workers and a complex series of …