Pacific Ocean

Dolphins surrounded by an oil slick swim in circles near Santa Barbara after a pipe spilled thousands of gallons of oil. (CBS)

Video Shows Dolphins Swimming In Oil Spill Area Near Santa Barbara

Video shows dolphins seemingly swimming in circles to avoid the oil slick surrounding them after a pipeline in the Santa Barbara area spilled thousands of gallons of oil into the Pacific Ocean.

05/21/2015

(CBS)

Magnitude 6.9 Earthquake Strikes Solomon Islands

The U.S. Geological Survey says a strong earthquake has struck the Solomon Islands, but no tsunami threat was expected.

05/20/2015

Earthquake strikes on the Pacific-Antarctic ridge on May 19, 2015. (USGS)

6.5-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Pacific-Antarctic Ridge

The U.S. Geological Survey says a strong and shallow earthquake has struck the Pacific-Antarctic ridge, but a tsunami is unlikely.

05/19/2015

Scientists from the Marine Mammal Center and the Academy of Sciences will perform a necropsy on a sperm whale that washed ashore a Pacifica beach on April 14 2015. (Edgar Teran)

2 Whales That Turned Up Dead On Pacifica Beaches To Be Buried

Two whales that turned up dead on a Pacifica beach in recent weeks will be buried there at the request of the city, according to police.

05/18/2015

Missing Palo Alto pilot William McAdams allegedly stole a plane and disappeared. (CBS)

Palo Alto Flight Instructor Allegedly Steals Plane, Disappears Into Night Over Pacific Ocean

It’s been 10 days since a flight instructor from Palo Alto vanished while flying over the Pacific Ocean.

05/18/2015

A Sonoma County Sheriff's Helicopter (sonomasheriff.org)

Exhausted Kayaker Rescued From Pacific Ocean By Sheriff’s Helicopter Off Sea Ranch

The Sonoma County sheriff’s helicopter rescued a kayaker in the ocean off of Sea Ranch who was too exhausted to paddle to shore Wednesday, a sheriff’s sergeant said.

04/23/2015

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck the Solomon Islands Wednesday. (Source: USGS)

Magnitude 6.3 Earthquake Hits Solomon Islands East Of Australia

The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 6.3 earthquake has struck the Solomon Islands east of Australia Wednesday afternoon.

04/22/2015

The fluke of a gray whale emerges from the water. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

Gray Whale Swims 13,988 Miles In Pacific, Breaks Migration Record

The western gray whale now holds the record as the mammal with the longest known migration, researchers say.

04/15/2015

(Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

‘Blob’ Off Pacific Coast May Be Making California’s Drought Worse

A large pool of warm water off the Pacific Coast may be exacerbating California’s already severe drought. Climate scientist Nick Bond of the University of Washington said the pool of water, which he calls “the blob,” is about 2-7 degrees warmer than normal.

04/10/2015

A sea lion pup. (NOAA)

NOAA Says Warmer Pacific Could Be Behind Starving Sea Lion Pups, Warns Of Less Productive Ocean

Starving sea lion pups and seabirds up and down the West Coast this year may be part of a large-scale shift of the Pacific Ocean to warmer and less productive conditions, according to a new federal fisheries report.

03/17/2015

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