Stories about Oceans

July 21, 2019

4 Million Gallons Of Sewage Spill Into Puget Sound

Authorities in King County (Seattle), Washington are investigating why two large sewage treatment plants failed late last week, causing the release of approximately 4 million gallons of untreated sewage into Puget Sound and forcing the closure of the Sound for...

July 8, 2019

All 21 Beaches in Mississippi Closed Because of Toxic Algae

Beachgoers in Mississippi over the long Fourth of July weekend were sorely disappointed — all 21 of the state’s beaches were closed due to a toxic algal bloom that has made the water unsafe for swimming.  The “blue-green” bloom, which has been...

July 3, 2019

Ocean News to Note This 4th of July Holiday

As Weather.com reported, unusually warm temperatures combined with seasonal low tides have literally roasted California mussels in their shells in a mass die-off that could have larger implications on the local marine ecosystem. At the same time, this July 4th weekend...

July 2, 2019

Taylor Energy Mess In Gulf Getting Cleaned Up — Finally

The largest oil spill in U.S. history, the fifteen-year “leak” from the Taylor Energy platform in the Gulf of Mexico, is finally getting cleaned up, The Washington Post reports. The government hired for $7 million a small marine construction company, run...

June 27, 2019

Six North Atlantic Right Whales Now Found Dead This Year

Since we reported on the death of a young male North Atlantic Right Whale a few weeks ago, there have been five more dead whales found in Canadian waters, the latest one discovered just yesterday and a total of four in the last three days.  In response, Transport...


Oyster Farmers Fight the Ticking Clock of Ocean Acidification

Millions of oysters are consumed in the United States each year but these trendy bivalves are coming under increasing threat from ocean acidification resulting from climate change. Animals like shellfish, corals and sea urchins need carbonate ions to build their...

June 24, 2019

Mapping of Ocean Floor Accelerates

By Alexandra Patel and Monica Medina The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project has made the mapping of the entire ocean floor by 2030 its global mission. Since 2017, coverage of the world’s ocean floor has increased from 6 to 15 percent – equivalent to an...

June 19, 2019

One Cool Thing: Florida Divers Set World Record for Ocean Clean Up

A group of 633 scuba divers near Boca Raton, Florida set a new Guinness Book of World Records world record for the largest underwater cleanup in the world.  Ahmed Gabr, a former Egyptian Army scuba diver, with a team of 614 divers in the Red Sea in Egypt in 2015, held...

June 17, 2019

Experts Predict Huge Dead Zone in Gulf of Mexico this Summer

Yesterday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued its annual prediction of the size of the Gulf of Mexico hypoxic or “dead” zone and it is expected to be nearly 8,000 square miles (roughly the size of the State of Massachusetts)...

June 15, 2019

Never Forget by Akhila Bandlora

Last week Our Daily Planet had a chance to meet some of the remarkable young activists of Sea Youth Rise Up as they gathered in Washington D.C. to bring awareness to ocean conservation issues impacting both their local communities and communities around the globe....