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Fernandina's Flicker (Colaptes fernandinae), a woodpecker found only in Cuba.
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Crew members pull an oyster dredge in Tangier Sound of the Chesapeake Bay near Deal Island, Md., in 2013. A study found that the Chesapeake Bay shellfishery is a "hot zone" for ocean acidification.
Fish on ice in Palau Misa Island, Indonesia. Thanks to satellite data, John Amos of SkyTruth can track fishing activity near the Pacific island nation from his office in West Virginia.
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These amphipods were discovered by scientists from the University of Aberdeen in waters more than 4 miles deep, north of New Zealand. Similar shrimplike crawlers may lurk at the bottom of the Challenger Deep.
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