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US Watching 2 Iranian Warships in the Atlantic

Vessels' destination is unknown, but speculation abounds that they're delivering arms to Venezuela

(Newser) - Two warships from Iran have popped up in the Atlantic Ocean this week, though no one is saying where they're going or what their objective is. Per the Hill , the arrival of the Sahand destroyer and its support vessel, the intel-gathering Makran, in Atlantic waters was announced by Iran...

This Is 5th Time on Record We've Had 10 Hurricanes by Now

Thanks to Epsilon

(Newser) - The 10th hurricane of a busy Atlantic storm season is headed toward Bermuda. Hurricane Epsilon became a Category 1 storm late Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center, which describes it as churning some 400 miles east-southeast of Bermuda and moving west-northwest at 12mph. "Some additional strengthening is possible...

Batten Down the Hatches, Hawaii
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Batten Down the Hatches, Hawaii

Hurricane Douglas expected to deliver harsh weather on Sunday

(Newser) - The first hurricane of the 2020 eastern Pacific season is expected to bring strong winds, dangerous surf, and heavy rainfall to Hawaii on Sunday. The storm, Douglas , intensified Thursday into a Category 3 hurricane, with wind speeds of 120mph. The hurricane, currently about 1,470 miles east-southeast of Hilo, is...

One-Ton Great White Frolicking Off Florida Coast

Unama'ki, 2nd largest white shark tracked in NW Atlantic by nonprofit, started out in Nova Scotia

(Newser) - A giant she-shark has been working her way down the East Coast from Canada, and her latest sighting is in the waters off of Florida. CNN reports the 1-ton great white—named Unama'ki, a term used by the Mi'kmaq First Nations people to mean "land of the...

All That Ocean Plastic? It Has an Unexpected Source

It doesn't all come from land-based sources

(Newser) - In 1984, 2009, and 2018, researchers made the trek to Inaccessible Island, which sits between Argentina and South Africa in the South Atlantic. They describe it as a "remote, uninhabited island ... that has a very high macrodebris load"—and that debris is what they were there for. In...

Frenchman Floats Across Atlantic in Giant Barrel

72-year-old's journey took 128 days

(Newser) - French adventurer Jean-Jacques Savin has made it across the Atlantic Ocean—128 days after he set off from the Canary Islands in a giant orange barrel. The 72-year-old, whose capsule was built by French barrel makers, finished his 2,930-mile journey across the Atlantic last week when he arrived unannounced...

Big News on Famously Thinning Glacier: 'We Didn't Believe It'

But scientists aren't too excited about sudden thickening of Greenland's Jakobshavn

(Newser) - "At first, we didn't believe it." Indeed, the data presented to NASA glaciologist Ala Khazendar and colleagues regarding Jakobshavn Glacier was almost unbelievable. For 20 years, Jakobshavn has been Greenland's fastest-thinning and fastest-flowing glacier. Its thickness shrank 500 feet from 2003 to 2016. But since then,...

Some Barrels Go Down the Falls. This One Is Crossing the Atlantic
Man Is Crossing
Atlantic in Barrel
Stocked With
Wine, Foie Gras
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Man Is Crossing Atlantic in Barrel Stocked With Wine, Foie Gras

Jean-Jacques Savin set 'sail' Wednesday from Spain's Canary Islands, headed to the Caribbean

(Newser) - So far, Jean-Jacques Savin's barrel is "behaving well." Hopefully it will continue to do so, as the barrel—actually a large "barrel-shaped orange capsule," per the BBC —is transporting the 71-year-old Frenchman on a monthslong journey across the Atlantic Ocean. The former pilot, park...

Shark's Carolina U-Turn Intrigues Scientists
Shark's Sudden U-Turn
'Could Mean Something Big'
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Shark's Sudden U-Turn 'Could Mean Something Big'

Great white just headed into deep waters off the Carolinas, and it could mean she's pregnant

(Newser) - We can't exactly give EPT tests to sharks in the wild to find out if they're pregnant, but scientists think there may be another clue. Shark-tracking group OCEARCH tells the News & Observer it's been following a great white named Miss Costa, and the nearly 1,700-pound...

Hurricane Beryl Is Tiny, Unpredictable

Storm expected to be downgraded before making landfall

(Newser) - The first Atlantic hurricane of the season is tiny but a bit of a puzzle. Increasing in strength from a tropical storm overnight, Hurricane Beryl is 1,100 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles and moving westward, where it's expected to hit a vertical wind shear that will likely...

2018 Hurricane Season May Be Busier Than Normal

7 hurricanes, including 3 major ones, are in the forecast

(Newser) - It may seem like we just said goodbye to Harvey, Irma, and Maria, but the new hurricane season is near its official start of June 1. With that, Colorado State University is out with its annual Atlantic forecast, and the season looks to be a little busier than usual, reports...

Storm Ophelia Could Be a Record-Breaker

By Thursday, it could be 10th consecutive storm to become hurricane

(Newser) - Tropical Storm Ophelia is becoming better organized far out in the eastern Atlantic and is expected to become a hurricane sometime Thursday, reports the AP . As the 10th consecutive storm to reach hurricane strength, it would break a record more than a century old, per the Miami Herald . The National...

Couple Rescued After Driving Into Atlantic Ocean

That's a really bad wrong turn

(Newser) - Maine firefighters say they had to rescue a New York couple who took a wrong turn and mistakenly drove into the Atlantic Ocean, the AP reports. WMTW-TV reports firefighters were called to the docks in Tremont around 8pm Tuesday after there were reports of two people trapped in a car...

Gov't to Begin Seismic Surveys in Atlantic in Drilling Push

New drilling would be off the coasts of Virginia, Georgia, and the Carolinas

(Newser) - The Trump administration said Wednesday it is moving forward on seismic surveys in the Atlantic Ocean, the first step toward offshore drilling in a region where it has been blocked for decades, the AP reports. The Interior Department said it is reviewing six applications by energy companies that were rejected...

High Numbers of Humpback Whales Dying Off Atlantic Coast

And officials aren't sure what's causing it

(Newser) - Federal officials say humpback whales have been dying in unusually large numbers along the Atlantic Coast, the AP reports. According to the News Journal , the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Fisheries declared it an "unusual mortality event," which is called when higher-than-normal numbers of marine mammals die...

A Giant Ship Goes Missing in the South Atlantic

2 sailors have been found, but Stellar Daisy's remaining crew missing

(Newser) - A ship that measures more than 1,000 feet long has vanished in the South Atlantic. The Stellar Daisy departed Rio de Janeiro last Sunday and was bound for China with its load of iron ore. But on Friday, while off Uruguay, the crew texted their South Korean employer to...

Man Paddles 4K Miles Across Atlantic —While Standing

Chris Bertish raised more than $490K for charity

(Newser) - As this video proves, paddleboarding on a relatively calm surface isn't always easy. But that's what makes Chris Bertish's feat all the more impressive. The South African surfer has just become the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean alone on a stand-up paddleboard. Granted, his 1,...

Obama Makes It Much Harder for Trump to Drill in the Arctic

Presidents uses 1953 law to ban oil leases in much of Arctic, Atlantic

(Newser) - President Obama has designated the bulk of US-owned waters in the Arctic Ocean and certain areas in the Atlantic Ocean as indefinitely off limits to future oil and gas leasing, the AP reports. The move on Tuesday helps put some finishing touches on Obama's environmental legacy while also testing...

Obama Makes 'Epic' Environmental Move

President to designate nation's first Atlantic marine national monument

(Newser) - About 150 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass., lies an ecosystem teeming with puffins, whales, underwater mountains, and fissures "deeper than the Grand Canyon," reports National Geographic . That 4,913-square-mile area—an "underwater Yellowstone," per NPR —will now be protected from commercial activity...

Atlantic Could See More Hurricanes Than in Recent Years

NOAA expects four to eight hurricanes in 2016

(Newser) - Residents along the Eastern Seaboard might want to start preparing, mentally at least, for a more hurricane-heavy year than they've had recently. After three years of below-normal hurricane seasons in the Atlantic, 2016 is shaping up to be closer to normal, NOAA reports. There's a 70% chance this...

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