Pacific Ocean

Marine biologist Giancarlo Thomae spotted these whales off Monterey Bay on August 24, 2015. (CBS)

Warmer Water Leads To More Whales Spotted Along Monterey Bay

One doesn’t have to travel too far out to sea these days to see a pod of humpback whales splashing about in front of you. This spectacle is becoming the new norm, right off the Monterey County coastline.

08/26/2015

Floating Debris

Boaters Mapping Floating Garbage Patch In North Pacific Return To San Francisco

Volunteer crews on 30 boats have been measuring the size and mapping the location of tons of plastic waste floating between the West Coast and Hawaii.

08/23/2015

Rescuers from the 129th Rescue Wing attempted to rescue a man on a vessel 900 miles out to sea on August 18, 2015. (CBS)

Sailor Treated By California Air National Guard Rescue Unit 900 Miles Off Coast Dies

A sailor who fell ill on a ship 900 miles off the California coast died Wednesday, hours after members of a California Air National Guard unit boarded the ship to treat the man.

08/19/2015

A 129th Rescue Wing C-130 aircraft at Moffett Field in Mountain View. (CBS)

129th Rescue Wing From Moffett Field To Treat Injured Man Aboard Boat 900 Miles Off Coast

California Air National Guard rescuers from the Bay Area are trying to save a man on a boat hundreds of miles out on the Pacific Ocean.

08/18/2015

A Coast Guard Cutter Stratton boarding team opens the bridge of a self-propelled semi-submersible interdicted in international waters off the coast of Central America, July 19, 2015. The Stratton’s crew recovered more than 6 tons of cocaine from the 40-foot vessel. (Coast Guard photo courtesy of Petty Officer 2nd Class LaNola Stone)

Alameda Coast Guard Crew Seizes Narco-Submarine Carrying 8 Tons Of Cocaine

A U.S. Coast Guard crew from Alameda stopped a submersible vessel carrying more than 16,000 pounds of cocaine in the Eastern Pacific Ocean last month — the largest bust of its kind in Coast Guard history.

08/05/2015

Tom Mattusch provided this picture of a dead Humpback Whale floating off the Pacifica Coast. (8/3/15)

Boaters Warned After Dead Whale Found Floating Close To Shipping Lanes Near Pacifica

Boaters were being warned to watch out for a large dead whale found floating off the Pacifica Coast near shipping channels.

08/03/2015

An oil slick that appeared off the Southern California coast. (CBS)

Oil Slick Near Santa Barbara Created By Natural Seepage, Coast Guard Says

The Coast Guard says an oil slick that formed in the Pacific Ocean last week near Santa Barbara was created by natural, ocean-floor seepage.

08/03/2015

A dead humpback whale washed onto a beach in Pacifica. (CBS)

Scientists Find Evidence Dead Humpback Whale On Pacifica Beach Was Hit By Passing Ship

Scientists who examined a dead humpback whale found on a Pacifica beach Sunday morning have found evidence the whale was hit by a passing ship, according to the Marine Mammal Center.

08/03/2015

National Parks Service lifeguards load a dead dolphin onto their truck. (Joey DeRuy)

Scientists Try To Determine What Killed 3 Sea Mammals Washed Ashore On SF’s Ocean Beach

Marine scientists are trying to figure out why several marine mammals washed ashore Ocean Beach in San Francisco on Monday.

07/07/2015

Sea surface temperature anomaly off the coast of Washington and Oregon for April 2014, compared to 1981-2010. (NOAA)

Private Computers Needed To Determine If Mysterious ‘Blob’ Of Warm Water In Pacific Is Causing CA Drought

The Blob is a mass of warm water lurking in the Pacific, and scientists need volunteers to help them determine if it’s causing California’s historic drought.

06/29/2015

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