Alaska residents to see increased jellyfish sightings
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The number of moon jellyfish floating in Alaska waters has increased and residents should be prepared, scientists said.
MANGILAO, Guam (AP) — A third of Guam's coral reefs have died because of rising ocean temperatures, researchers said.
University of Guam researchers said increased temperatures killed 34% of...
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A 7-foot (215-centimeter) sea creature that washed ashore in Southern California has been identified as a hoodwinker sunfish, a recently identified rare species...
Salem State University holding 40th annual Darwin Festival
SALEM, Mass. (AP) — Salem State University is holding a week's worth of free events to celebrate the 210th birthday of Charles Darwin.
The school's 40th annual Darwin Festival features guest talks and films designed to bring current topics in science to the student body and the general public.
The festival celebrates the scientist whose theory of evolution continues to spark strong emotions.
‘SpongeBob’ creator Stephen Hillenburg dies at 57
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stephen Hillenburg, who used his dual loves of drawing and marine biology to spawn the absurd undersea world of "SpongeBob SquarePants," has died, Nickelodeon announced Tuesday.
Hillenburg died Monday of Lou Gehrig's disease, also known as ALS, the cable network said in a statement. He was 57.
He had announced he had the disease in March 2017. His death comes just weeks after the passing of another cartoon hero in Marvel creator Stan Lee.
Scottsbluff senior: Career academy changed her path from marine biologist to obstetrician
SCOTTSBLUFF — February is recognized as Career and Technical Education Month. Scottsbluff High School is taking note of the event by highlighting its career academy opportunities.
According to acteonline.org, CTE “prepared youth and adults for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers.”
In 2017, Scottsbluff High School was named the Outstanding High School for Career and Technical Education by the Nebraska Department of Education.
Shellfish Commission’s new member connects to youth
GREENWICH — After her second-grade marine biology unit, Devan Shulby knew she wanted to be a marine biologist when she grew up.
“I did a report on manatees and I was hooked,” said the 29-year-old scientist this week.
As if bringing her grade-school dreams full circle, November is recognized in Florida — where Shulby received her degree in marine science and biology — as Manatee Awareness Month.
Scientists: Half of Hawaii’s coral reefs bleached in 2014-15
HONOLULU (AP) — Nearly half of Hawaii's coral reefs were bleached during heat waves in 2014 and 2015 and fisheries close to shore are declining, a group of scientists told state lawmakers.
The scientists from the Nature Conservancy briefed the lawmakers on Thursday about what they called an unprecedented situation for Hawaii's sea life.
Expert: Aggressive sharks at Oahu shore trail spawning fish
HONOLULU (AP) — A recent spate of aggressive sharks spotted near the shore at a popular spot on Oahu's north side is likely due to the spawning season of a species of fish, a Hawaii shark expert said.
Waimea Bay lifeguards on Monday reported multiple aggressive sharks about 5 yards (5 meters) offshore.
Experiments on to help coral thrive
KAILUA-KONA — Dr. Ruth Gates wants to completely change the conversation.
Her driving mission is to stop talking about death and destruction. Doom and gloom sells, she realizes, but it also creates pessimism, where it can be easy to throw up your hands and just wait for the forgone conclusion.
Research shows connection between watersheds, reefs
LIHUE — Hawaiian custom recognizes a connection between the watershed and the ocean, mauka and makai; and experts are also looking to the mountains to explain the declining health of coral reefs.
“Everybody has known for a long time this ridge to reef paradigm,” said Ku’ulei Rodgers, coral reef biologist at Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology. “The ahupua’a system, for centuries it’s been the central element in Native Hawaiian land management.”