Baby right whale spotted with deep wounds off Georgia coast

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A newborn right whale spotted off the coast of Georgia was suffering from deep cuts on either side of its head, dismaying conservationists who closely monitor the southeast U.S. c...

Counting whales from space pitched as key to saving them

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An aquarium and an engineering firm in Massachusetts are partnering on a project to better protect whales by monitoring them from space. New England Aquarium...

6 men become 1st to cross perilous Drake Passage unassisted

LOS ANGELES (AP) — As freezing water thrashed their rowboat in some of the most treacherous waters in the world, six men fought for 13 days to make history, becoming the first people to traverse the i...

Fish oil firm may be barred from fishing in Chesapeake Bay

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Trump Administration is threatening to effectively ban a company that makes fish oil pills from fishing in the Chesapeake Bay over mounting concerns from regulators, governors ...

Rescuers free entangled humpback whale off California coast

MOSS LANDING, Calif. (AP) — A rescue team helped free a young humpback whale that was tangled in fishing gear south of San Francisco days after a fisherman first spotted it, a conservation group said ...

Arctic habitats and cultures on thin ice as region warms

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rising temperatures and shrinking snow and ice cover in the Arctic are endangering habitats, fisheries and local cultures, according to a report issued Tuesday by the National Oceani...

Animal defenders, aquarium tussle over beluga importation

A proposal to import five whales to Connecticut has sparked a standoff between animal welfare groups and an aquarium that says the animals will contribute to its research. Mystic Aqu...

Tribe hopes to hunt whales again, 20 years after last kill

SEATTLE (AP) — A weeklong hearing in Seattle will help determine whether a small American Indian tribe from the northwest corner of Washington state can once again hunt whales. The M...

Greenpeace urges cut in plastic packaging on Singles' Day

The non-governmental environmental organization Greenpeace called on major retailers in Taiwan to step up their efforts to eliminate plastic packaging, on Singles' Day Monday, the largest shopping...

Pacific bird refuge struggles as ocean garbage patch grows

MIDWAY ATOLL, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (AP) — Flying into the uninhabited Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Midway Atoll appears out of the vast blue Pacific as a tiny oasis of coral-fringed land wi...

Slower lobster season means high prices, worried fishermen

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A drop in the catch of lobsters off Maine has customers paying more and fishermen concerned about the future. Maine's harvest of lobsters was about 40% off las...

Iconic Pacific bird sanctuary ravaged by plastic and death

MIDWAY ATOLL, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (AP) — Flying into the uninhabited Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Midway Atoll appears out of the vast blue Pacific as a tiny oasis of coral-fringed land wi...

Whale protectors score second win of week in federal court

A federal judge has ruled that a group of environmental organizations can continue its lawsuit against the U.S. government about the protection of endangered whales. The Center for B...

Commission: Virginia let company defy fishing limits in bay

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Fishing regulators say the state of Virginia allowed a Canadian-owned company that makes fish-oil supplements to defy catch limits for a tiny and oily fish in the Chesapeake Bay. ...

Dutch inventor unveils device to scoop plastic out of rivers

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — A young Dutch inventor is widening his effort to clean up floating plastic from the Pacific Ocean by moving into rivers, too, using a new floating device to catch garbage...