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Hammerhead sharks, with their unique, wide-eyed appearance, are among the most iconic species in the Galapagos. But as the sharks become increasingly endangered, scientists are searching for ways to help their population rebound. One way they’re doing it is by searching for where hammerhead sharks have their babies (called pups). Past studies have documented where and why some of the region’s hammerhead populations migrate, but scientists have been struggling with one mystery—where the females that live around the Galapagos’s Darwin and Wolf Islands go to have their pups.
3. Ivory Dealer Indicted for Walrus Tusk International Trade
Alaska ivory dealer has been indicted for illegally exporting, and then importing, walrus ivory, violating federal law. James Terrance Williams, 67, of Skagway, who operates the company Inside Passage Arts, is being charged for smuggling that took place back between 2014 and 2016. According to prosecutors, at that time, Williams sent raw, un-worked walrus ivory from Alaska to Indonesia to be carved there. He then allegedly would import that ivory back into the states, selling it as though it had been worked by Alaska Native artisans.
5. A New Tuskless Walrus from the Miocene of Orange County, California
More than 10 million tons of plastic debris enter the oceans every year and are found in nearly every oceanic layer. They start out as large floating items and eventually break down into much smaller pieces called microplastics. These particles are pervasive and have been found in the digestive tracts of more than 100 different species, posing physical, chemical and even potential biological harm to these animals. Mussels and other bivalves like oysters and clams are eaten whole without removal of the gastrointestinal tract and therefore represent a pathway for microplastics to enter the human food chain.