Stories tagged "NOAA"

June 27, 2019

Taylor Energy’s 15-Year Oil Spill — No End Or Action in Sight

By Alexandra Patel As we have reported previously, in 2004, an oil production platform owned by Taylor Energy Company sank in a mudslide triggered by  Hurricane Ivan. This sparked an oil spill that has been quietly leaking millions of barrels into the Gulf of Mexico...

June 26, 2019

Space X Falcon Heavy Successfully Launches With Huge Payload

by Alexandra Patel and Monica Medina Overnight on Tuesday, Elon Musk’s company SpaceX launched its Falcon Heavy Rocket blasted off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida with loud sonic booms and managed to successfully land two of its launch vehicles on landing...


One Cool Thing: First Ever Recording of a Right Whale Singing

Researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have recorded for the first time ever the “singing” by a rare and endangered North Pacific Right Whale.  Humpback whales are known for their songs, but no one has ever before...

June 5, 2019

Hurricane Season Begins With Disturbance In Gulf of Mexico

Hurricane Season in the Atlantic officially began last Saturday, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting a “near normal” year with nine to fifteen named storms, of which four to eight may strengthen to become...

June 2, 2019

Shipwreck Accidentally Discovered When Testing New Equipment

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ocean exploration ship the Okeanos Explorer made an exciting discovery on May 16 — while conducting an “engineering dive” in the Gulf of Mexico to test new remotely operated vehicle (ROV)...

May 24, 2019

Hawaiian tourists will no longer be able to swim with wild dolphins

For tourists visiting Hawaii, a swim with wild Hawaiin spinner dolphins (or “naia” in the Hawaiian language) has traditionally been a popular attraction. However, growing awareness of how human interaction can harm wild dolphins has encouraged regulators to enact...

April 5, 2019

Interview of the Week: Kathy Sullivan

Kathy Sullivan was a crew member on three Space Shuttle missions, she was the first American woman to walk in space, and she served as the most recent Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. ODP:  Last week, NASA astronauts Christina Koch...

March 14, 2019

One Amazing Thing: A New Species of Killer Whale

A “new” species of killer whale was discovered in January off the southern coast of Chile by marine mammal scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  The so-called Type D killer whales were found once before, in 1955, when...