Science News for Students articles on oceans

  1. Environment

    Pacific garbage patch may be 16 times bigger than thought

    The giant ‘garbage patch’ that floats between Hawaii and California weighs at least 79,000 tons, a new estimate suggests.

  2. Oceans

    More than half the world’s ocean area is actively fished

    Fleets harvest fish from 55 percent of the world’s total ocean area. Just a handful of countries play an outsized role fishing the open ocean, far from coasts.

  3. Ecosystems

    Exploring the mysteries of Cuba’s coral reefs

    Researchers are studying the mysterious lives of creatures in and near Cuba’s coral reefs. What they learn could help protect ocean life globally.

  4. Ecosystems

    Migrating crabs take their eggs to the sea

    Cuba’s colorful land crabs connect swamp and sea with their yearly mass migrations. Protecting their routes can help other animals too.

  5. Animals

    Escaping narwhals can freeze and flee at the same time

    Narwhals’ heart rates plummet while diving quickly to get away from people. The combination may stress the whales as human activity increases in the Arctic.

  6. Climate

    Is weather control a dream or nightmare?

    Weather control is largely fiction for now, although people are unintentionally changing their weather. And that might not be a good thing.

  7. Oceans

    Expedition finds South Pacific plastic patch bigger than India

    A giant, floating ‘garbage patch’ in the South Pacific off Chile’s coast is mostly tiny bits of plastic.

  8. Climate

    Here’s why Irma caused some coastal water to temporarily go missing

    The first sign of an impending storm surge — and serious danger — may be the sudden, wholesale retreat of water from coastal beaches.

  9. Animals

    Whales feast when hatcheries release salmon

    Humpback whales are visiting sites where hatcheries release juvenile salmon in Alaska. It’s a dining bonanza for the huge whales.

  10. Earth

    Explainer: Hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons

    Hurricanes are some of the most destructive forces on the planet. Here’s how they form and why they are so dangerous.

  11. Science & Society

    Cuba: How politics has become a hurdle for its researchers

    Scientists in Cuba face difficulties getting equipment and publishing results due to a U.S.-imposed trade embargo on their country.

  12. Animals

    Giant Antarctic sea spiders breathe really strangely

    Sea spiders have many bizarre body systems. Scientists have now discovered that they breathe and circulate oxygen in a way never seen before.