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Climate change | Pacific Ocean | Environment

Seafloor Samples Reveal Ghosts Of Blobs Past

OPB/EarthFix | Nov. 25, 2015 4:45 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Oregon State University scientists have found evidence of two previous "blobs" in core samples taken off the coast of Alaska.

Pacific Ocean | News | Business

Toxin Discoveries Delay Oregon Commercial Crab Season

OPB | Nov. 20, 2015 3:41 p.m. | Portland

Officials discovered domoic acid at elevated levels in three southern Oregon ports, but the commercial Dungeness crab season will be delayed for the whole coast. while testing continues. 

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Oregon And Washington Delay Crab Season Because Of Toxin

AP | Nov. 20, 2015 3:38 p.m. | Portland

Oregon and Washington have joined California in delaying the start of their commercial crab seasons after dangerous toxin levels were found in the crabs.

Pacific Ocean | News

Questions, Answers About Toxic West Coast Crabs

AP | Nov. 6, 2015 12:46 p.m.

A poisonous substance linked to a massive algae bloom off the West Coast has prompted officials to halt recreational shellfishing.

Pacific Ocean | News

Oregon Creates New Unit Of Government Just To Control Sand

Northwest News Network | Nov. 6, 2015 7:33 a.m.

When the sand on the beach threatens to overrun your house and your driveway, long walks on the beach might not seem quite so romantic anymore.

Pacific Ocean | local | Environment

California Delays Crab Season, NW Continues Testing

OPB | Nov. 5, 2015 1:30 p.m. | Portland

California's discovery of a toxin has delayed opening of recreational crabbing. Commercial crabbing could be affected, too. No decisions yet for Oregon or Washington, due to open Dec. 1.

Climate change | Pacific Ocean | Fish & Wildlife | Environment

Algae Bloom Off Pacific Coast Blamed For Marine Mammal Poisoning

OPB/EarthFix | Nov. 3, 2015 3:45 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

More than thirty marine mammals - including a humpback whale - have tested positive for potentially toxic levels of domoic acid. 

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Puget Sound Pod Welcomes New Baby Orca

OPB | Oct. 26, 2015 11:46 a.m. | Portland

Washington whale enthusiasts are celebrating the birth of yet another orca.

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Video: Sailor Makes Life-Saving Leap Onto Icebreaker

Northwest News Network | Oct. 21, 2015 5:02 p.m.

A Shell Oil icebreaker heading for Port Angeles, Washington, gained a passenger in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday. A French sailor dove onto the icebreaker after his sailboat lost its rudder.

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Drone Captures Stunning Pictures Of Killer Whales

Northwest News Network | Oct. 21, 2015 2:40 p.m.

Killer whale biologists used a hexacopter drone last month to capture stunning, overhead photos of every single member of the endangered Puget Sound orca population.