Category Archives: Gulf of Mexico

Billions of babies are hatching out right now in the Gulf of Mexico | AL.com

May 27, 2016

or every flower bud you’ve seen this spring, tens of thousands of creatures were born beneath the green waves of the Gulf of Mexico.

One of the most profound explosions of life to be found on the planet is occurring right now, with all manner of sea creatures – crabs, shrimp, fish, jellyfish, anything that swims – hatching out and drifting on the ocean currents.

via Billions of babies are hatching out right now in the Gulf of Mexico | AL.com.

Marine Patrol urges safe boating on big holiday weekend | AL.com

May 27, 2016

Alabama Marine Patrol officers know at least two things will happen when they hit the water this Memorial Day weekend. One, some people will be really happy to see them. Two, some people will be really unhappy to see them.

Experience suggests that they’ll provide assistance to some people who run out of gas, get lost or experience breakdowns. But they’ll also hand out a number of expensive citations to boaters who fail to follow safety laws, who operate their vessels while intoxicated, or who otherwise present a danger to others on the water.

via Marine Patrol urges safe boating on big holiday weekend | AL.com.

A tsunami on the Gulf Coast? Yes, that just happened | AL.com

May 26, 2016

Apparently, that line of storms that moved along the Gulf Coast last Thursday night did more than threaten the Hangout Music Fest: It actually generated a small tsunami.

Tim Coleman, a meteorologist and adjunct professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, has posted a report saying that off the coast of Louisiana, the storm system’s air pressure changes and winds generated a type of large ocean wave called a meteotsunami. (The name just means a tsunami caused by weather, as opposed to the more common type created by an earthquake.)

via A tsunami on the Gulf Coast? Yes, that just happened | AL.com.

Dauphin Island Sea Lab inaugurates summer university program | WPMI

May 17, 2016

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (WPMI) — Most college students are out for summer break already, but several students are back in the classroom at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.

They’re summer university program started Monday.

For the next twelve weeks, students will be able to pack in lectures, field work and exams.

via Dauphin Island Sea Lab inaugurates summer university program | WPMI.

The bizarre freckled guitarfish, seldom seen in our coastal waters, may be in decline due to shrimping | AL.com

May 14, 2016

Every now and again, if you are lucky, you catch a glimpse of a creature you’ve never seen before. Or even imagined.I had such a moment 50 feet underwater on Wednesday, when I spied a freckled guitarfish, which sounds, and looks, like an imaginary animal from the world of Dr. Suess.

via The bizarre freckled guitarfish, seldom seen in our coastal waters, may be in decline due to shrimping | AL.com.

Patterson calls for special session | WPMI

May 12, 2016

Alabama representative Jim Patterson is asking Governor Bentley to call a special session to further discuss the BP oil spill settlement.

Patterson says lawmakers owe it to the taxpayers to utilize all the money coming from the settlement.

He says he wants to fully fund Medicaid and repay the rainy day fund, even if it means not being able to complete the beach express in Baldwin County and Highway 98 in Mobile.

via Patterson calls for special session | WPMI.

Get PAID BIG for reeling in red snapper this season – FOX10 News | WALA

May 09, 2016

Red snapper season is right around the corner and this year you can get paid to reel them in.

It’s another short season for recreational anglers. Just like last year, the recreational season is only nine days starting on June 1. This is making some anglers and even Congressman Bradley Byrne upset.

“They may feel kind of disconnected from the management process and don’t like the nine day fishing season,” said Matt Catalano, assistant professor for the School of Fisheries at Auburn.

via Get PAID BIG for reeling in red snapper this season – FOX10 News | WALA.

WATCH: Official Trailer for “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage”

May 06, 2016

News 5 has received a special copy of the full-length trailer for “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage,” the World War II epic filmed in Mobile and Baldwin counties last year.

The film, starring Nicolas Cage, Tom Sizemore and Thomas Jane, is considered the biggest to ever be shot in Mobile.

The trailer is lengthy at three and a half minutes, telling the story of “the worst naval disaster in American history.”

via WATCH: Official Trailer for “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage”.

Numbers Show Surprising Impact to Animals from Oil Spill

April 19, 2016

It was a busy day at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS) in Gulfport…but then again, they’ve been busy for years.

Six years after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, and veterinarians like Debra Moore are still learning more about how the spill impacts marine wildlife. Dolphins are among the most impacted.

via Numbers Show Surprising Impact to Animals from Oil Spill.

Treasurer Opposes Push to Keep Most BP Money on Coast

April 15, 2016

A vote in the Alabama House could come as early as next week on how to use the state’s remaining BP Oil Spill settlement funds.

BP is set to pay the state about $53 million a year for the next 18 years.

Lawmakers propose borrowing against those payments to create about 650 million-dollars for immediate spending. Those from coastal Alabama propose a significant portion go to Baldwin and Mobile Counties where the entirety of the environmental damages, and the majority of economic damages from the oil spill took place.

via Treasurer Opposes Push to Keep Most BP Money on Coast.

Scientist: BP Oil Spill Research Shouldn’t Be Like ‘writing an obituary’

April 15, 2016

We can never replace the lives lost in the Deepwater Horizon explosion or the turmoil it caused coastal business owners struggling to stay afloat in the months that followed, but 6 years later, the scientific studies surfacing paint a more positive picture of the gulf.

“Often we’re writing an obituary about the gulf, but in reality, we should celebrate the fact that we got hit hard and the United States Government, academia, and even BP has done a great job post-spill,” Scientist Chris Reddy said.

via Scientist: BP Oil Spill Research Shouldn’t Be Like ‘writing an obituary’.

Hurricane season 2016: First forecast from CSU predicts an average Atlantic season | AL.com

April 15, 2016

The upcoming hurricane season could be busier than the past three.

That€’s according to researchers at Colorado State University, who released their 33rd annual hurricane season forecast this week.

The report, written by CSU’s Philip Klotzbach with an assist by veteran hurricane forecaster William Gray, suggests the Atlantic will have a near-average season in 2016.

via Hurricane season 2016: First forecast from CSU predicts an average Atlantic season | AL.com.

El Nino 2016: Watching for the rise of La Nina | AL.com

April 15, 2016

El Nino appears to be on the way out, but another climate phenomenon may be waiting to take its place.

A group of researchers including the National Weather Service issued a La Nina watch this week in its monthly report updating El Nino’s status.

A watch is issued when conditions are favorable for the development of La Nina in the next six months, according to NOAA’€™s Climate Prediction Center.

via El Nino 2016: Watching for the rise of La Nina | AL.com.

Study: Oil Spill Continuing to Kill Baby Dolphins – FOX10 News | WALA

April 13, 2016

In recent years studies have linked Adult Dolphin illnesses and deaths to ongoing effects of the oil spill. Now researches are finding when the mother Dolphins are sick the babies suffer as well.

Baby Dolphins, in the womb or newborn, have struggled on the Gulf Coast in the shadow of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. A new study from NOAA found Baby Dolphins in our area are a staggering 18 times more likely to suffer from fetal distress leading to death.

via Study: Oil Spill Continuing to Kill Baby Dolphins – FOX10 News | WALA.

FOX10 News | WALA

Fishermen May See A Shortened Red Snapper Season

April 10, 2016

Gulf Coast fishermen could see their days of catching red snapper shrink even more than 2014’s record low of nine.

U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (R-AL) told News 5 that this year’s quota is not sufficient for recreational anglers who fish in the Gulf of Mexico. Byrne says, “a week or a week and a half is just not enough time to fish.”

via Fishermen May See A Shortened Red Snapper Season.

GulfQuest to screen new Deepwater Horizon documentary Saturday | AL.com

April 08, 2016

On Saturday, Mobile’s GulfQuest museum will offer interested viewers an early look at “Dispatches from the Gulf,” a new documentary on the Gulf of Mexico’s recovery following the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

On Saturday, April 9, the GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf Coast will screen the film four times in the museum’s theater. Showtimes are 1 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:45 p.m.; normal admission prices to GulfQuest apply.

via GulfQuest to screen new Deepwater Horizon documentary Saturday | AL.com.

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