Patrick Whittle, The Associated Press

Patrick Whittle

The Associated Press

Portland, ME, United States

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Recent articles by Patrick:

Puffins fill up nesting islands this year despite challenges

One of the most beloved birds in Maine is having one of its most productive seasons for mating pairs in years on remote islands off the state's coast. Atlantic puffins, with their colorful beaks and waddling walks, are one of New England's best recognized seabirds. Maine is the only state in the U. S. where the birds breed, and they do so on hard-to-reach places like Seal Island National… → Read More

Slow lobster season so far in Maine, but price is steady

PORTLAND, Maine — It's been a slow lobster season so far in Maine, but the lack of crustaceans isn't translating into high prices for consumers, and → Read More

America's got scallops: Catch is up, consumers shelling out

PORTLAND (AP) — America’s harvest of scallops is increasing to near-record levels at a time when the shellfish are in high demand and the value of the fishery has surged in recent years. Sea scallops, harvested mostly by boats from the cold Atlantic Ocean, are the target of one of the most valuable fisheries in America. New data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the… → Read More

Scientists sound alarm after 6 rare whale deaths in a month

A half-dozen North Atlantic right whales have died in the past month, leading scientists, government officials and conservationists to call for a swift response to protect the endangered... → Read More

Scientists sound alarm after 6 rare whale deaths in a month

Scientists, government officials and conservationists are calling for a swift response to protect North Atlantic right whales after a half-dozen died in the past month. All six of the dead endangered species have been found in the Gulf of St. Lawrence off Canada. At least three appear to have died after being hit by ships. There are only a little more than 400 of the endangered species left. → Read More

Baby lobster numbers spell trouble for shellfish population

PORTLAND (AP) — Baby lobsters are continuing to appear in high numbers off some parts of Canada while tailing off in New England, raising questions about what the valuable shellfish’s population will look like in several years. University of Maine scientist Rick Wahle has documented trends in baby lobster density for years, and released new data for 2018 this month. → Read More

Baby lobster numbers spell trouble for shellfish population

Baby lobsters are continuing to appear in high numbers off some parts of Canada while tailing off New England, raising questions about what the valuable shellfish's population will look like in several years. → Read More

Changes to lobster fishery to help whales might arrive 2021

Changes to the Maine lobster fishery designed to help a critically endangered species of whale might arrive in 2021 after a lengthy rulemaking process. A team assembled by the federal government has called for the removal of half the vertical trap lines from the Gulf of Maine to reduce risk to North → Read More

Bikers bid goodbye to 7 motorcyclists killed in crash

A long-planned Blessing of the Bikes ceremony for motorcycle enthusiasts became a scene of mourning and reflection Sunday as about 400 people paid tribute to seven bikers killed in a devastating collision with a pickup truck. The victims of the wreck Friday evening were members or supporters of the Marine JarHeads — a New England motorcycle club that includes Marines and their spouses — and… → Read More

Bikers bid goodbye to 7 motorcyclists killed in crash

A long-planned Blessing of the Bikes ceremony for motorcycle enthusiasts became a scene of mourning and reflection Sunday as about 400 people paid tribute to seven bikers killed in a devastating collision with a pickup truck. → Read More

Authorities ID 7 victims in crash involving Marine JarHeads motorcycle club members

COLUMBIA, N.H. — A long-planned Blessing of the Bikes ceremony for motorcycle enthusiasts became a grief-filled memorial Sunday as hundreds converged to mourn seven bikers killed in a devastating crash with a pickup truck.About 400 motorcyclists gathered in Columbia for the ceremony — which is periodically held, but had special meaning for the motorcycle community in wake of the accident… → Read More

Authorities ID 7 victims in crash involving Marine JarHeads motorcycle club members

COLUMBIA, N.H. — A long-planned Blessing of the Bikes ceremony for motorcycle enthusiasts became a grief-filled memorial Sunday as hundreds converged to mourn seven bikers killed in a devastating crash with a pickup truck.About 400 motorcyclists gathered in Columbia for the ceremony — which is periodically held, but had special meaning for the motorcycle community in wake of the accident… → Read More

Bikers gather for emotional ceremony following deadly crash

A long-planned Blessing of the Bikes ceremony for motorcycle enthusiasts became a grief-filled memorial Sunday as hundreds converged to mourn seven bikers killed in a devastating crash with a pickup truck . → Read More

Bikers gather for emotional ceremony following deadly crash

COLUMBIA, N.H. (AP) — A long-planned Blessing of the Bikes ceremony for motorcycle enthusiasts became a grief-filled memorial Sunday as hundreds → Read More

Bikers gather for emotional ceremony following deadly crash

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Motorcycle Ceremony Becomes Memorial to Mourn 7 Bikers Killed in Devastating Crash

The Blessing of the Bikes ceremony for motorcycle enthusiasts became a memorial to mourn 7 bikers killed in a crash with a pickup truck. → Read More

Bikers, military vets mourn 7 killed in rural highway crash

RANDOLPH, N.H. — Motorcyclists and military veterans mourned Sunday as authorities sought help in determining why a pickup truck collided with a group of bikers on a rural highway, killing → Read More

'We all feel it': Motorcyclists mourn death of 7 in crash

Investigators pleaded Saturday for members of the public to come forward with information that could help them determine why a pickup truck hauling a trailer collided with a group of 10 motorcycles on a rural highway, killing seven bikers. → Read More

7 dead in collision with several motorcycles, pickup truck in New Hampshire

Motorcyclists with a club comprised of former United States Marines collided with a pickup truck on a rural highway Friday, killing seven and leaving the biker community reeling. → Read More

7 dead in collision with several motorcycles, pickup truck

RANDOLPH, N. H. (AP) - Motorcyclists with a club comprised of ex-United States Marines collided with a pickup truck on a rural highway Friday, killing seven and leaving the biker community reeling. New Hampshire State Police said a 2016 Dodge 2500 pickup truck collided with the riders on U. S. 2, a two-lane highway in Randolph. The cause of the deadly collision is not yet known. The pickup… → Read More