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Flotsam & Jetsam

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Dive Boat Smuggler: The boat captain for Blueocean Expeditions, a Ft. Lauderdale eco-tour agency and scuba operation, was sentenced in October to six years in prison for transporting illegal immigrants. Richard Karl Mork had been arrested in March after suspicious Border Patrol agents came across his 33-foot boat in Florida's Upper Keys. They found five Jamaicans and five Haitians below deck. One said he had paid $5,000 for passage to the U.S. Mork admitted he had left Bimini with the 10 immigrants and knew they were undocumented.

Time for a Macro Lens: In the coming decades, warming ocean temperatures could stunt fish growth by as much as 30 percent, according to a new study in the journal Global Change Biology. Warmer water contains less oxygen, so as oceans heat up, fish need to work harder to get the oxygen needed to sustain their body functions. But fish gills do not grow at the same pace as the rest of a fish's body, resulting in a decline in oxygen supply, and therefore, in growth. Fish are becoming smaller....

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