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Fisherman Killed by a Right Whale, US Suspends Rescue Program Temporarily

Last week, Joe Howlett, 59, a Canadian fisherman and a founder of Campobello Whale Rescue, died after rescuing a North Atlantic right whale, which was entangled in fishing nets off the coast of New Brunswick.  Howlett was apparently struck by the … Continue reading

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NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown Returns After Record Deployment — 1,347 Days

NOAA’s largest oceanographic research vessel, Ronald H. Brown, is based in Charleston, SC, although if you haven’t seen her in her homeport for quite a while, you are not alone. She only recently returned from a record deployment of 1,347 … Continue reading

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Charting by ASV

Here is an interesting video about how NOAA is using Automated Surface Vehicles (ASVs) to map the bottom in areas where larger survey craft cannot go.  They are essentially drone boats used to update NOAA’s publicly available nautical charts.

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NOAA Finds “Ghostlike” Octopod Off Hawaii

Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have spotted a translucent white octopod at a depth of 4,300 meters while collecting geological samples with a remote-operated vehicle on Necker Ridge in the Hawaiian Archipelago.  Described as a “remarkable … Continue reading

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NOAA Video of Deep Ocean Hawai’ian Coral

Beautiful video shot by NOAA of Hawai’ian deepwater coral in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Deep Ocean Corals

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Wrecks from the Lost Whaling Fleet of 1871 Found in Alaska

In 1871, a fleet of 33 American whaling ships became stuck in the ice off the coast of Alaska.  Over 1,200 whalers were rescued by the seven ships which managed to avoid being trapped in the ice floes. Remarkably, all … Continue reading

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The PBY Seaplanes of Pearl Harbor — Rare Images from 74 Years Later

Minutes before the beginning of the attack on the warships of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Japanese Imperial Navy planes bombed the nearby U.S. Naval Air Station on the east coast of Oahu, destroying twenty-seven Catalina PBY seaplanes on … Continue reading

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Update: Saildrones in the Bering Sea

In January 2014, we posted Saildrone Sails the Pacific, about a 19′ long by 7′ wide autonomous trimaran sailing drone capable of carrying an oceanographic sensor payload of 220 pounds.  In October of 2013, Saildrone-1 set off from San Francisco and arrived 34 days … Continue reading

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Mysterious Whale Deaths on the Coast of Alaska

Since May, 30 dead whales have been found along the coast of Alaska. This compares to a total of five dead whales reported for all of last year.  According to the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 11 fin whales, 14 … Continue reading

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NOAA Expands Thunder Bay’s Shipwreck Alley Sanctuary Tenfold

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is increasing the size of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Lake Huron from 448 square miles to 4,300 square miles, doubling the number the number of shipwrecks protected to 200. Located in … Continue reading

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Two Dead Whales in Less Than a Month in New York Harbor

Fin and sei whale are not usually seen in New York’s upper harbor, yet in a period of less than a month, two have made an appearance. Unfortunately, both were dead, pinned to the bows of ships. On the April 12th, … Continue reading

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Serious Threat to Endangered Whales – Ship Strikes & Entangling Nets

One of the greatest threats to many endangered species of whale is being run down by ships or getting entangled in fishing nets.  This week, federal maritime officials have approved a plan to protect whales in and around San Francisco Bay that features … Continue reading

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Breaking News: NOAA Claims that Mermaids Aren’t Real!

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has taken the bold step of announcing that “no evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found.”  In other words, mermaids aren’t real!  Something is fishy here. On the other hand, the government has also denied the existence of space aliens, yet how else … Continue reading

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Update: Alaskan Goo, not Eggs but Fungus

Just over a week ago we posted about a a bright orange jelly or “goo” that floated up on the beaches of Kivalina, a remote Alaskan village of just over 400 residents.  At the time scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric … Continue reading

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Hurricane Season Begins Today

Hurricane season officially begins today, though Tropical Storm Agatha blew in from the Pacific a day or two early and killed 150 people in Guatemala and opened up a huge sink hole in Guatemala City.   Scientists with the National Oceanic … Continue reading

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