Pacific Ocean

China Announces Toxic Water Ocean Dump After Criticizing Japan

The Chinese government is allowing toxic wastewater from a state-run power plant in northeastern China’s Liaoning province to flow into the Bohai Sea — a minor section of the Pacific Ocean’s Yellow Sea — despite recently criticizing Japan for its planned release of nuclear wastewater into the Pacific Ocean.

This photo taken on December 22, 2020 shows garbage trucks lining up in front of a waste incineration power plant in Shenyang, in northeastern China's Liaoning province. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)

Rare, Enormous Shark Seen off California Coast

Tourists aboard a whale-watching boat two miles off Capistrano Beach Thursday evening spotted two rare basking sharks — the second-largest fish of any kind in the ocean, and a species so rare there is a special hotline for sightings.

Basking shark (Chris Gotschalk / Wikimedia Commons)

El Niño Causes More Whales to Get Stuck in Nets

The warmer temperature of the eastern Pacific Ocean due to El Niño this year has created a life-threatening problem for whales traveling through the waters of California, luring them toward the coast, where they are entangled in fishing gear used by fishermen, crabbers and lobstermen.

Entangled whale net (Christine Armario / Associated Press)

Deadly Abalone Season Claims Another Life

Two friends visiting northern California and fishing for abalone–a lucrative mollusc delicacy–were caught off guard while when a tide came in that forced the men up a sheer rock wall, one falling to his death 75 feet below. The incident is the fourth abalone-related death in the Mendocino region since the red abalone season began April 1.

Abalone Fishing (Ben Margot / Associated Press)