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Flotsam & Jetsam

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Troublesome Monk Seal Nipping Divers. A five-year-old male Hawaiian monk seal has been captured and transferred from Hawaii's Big Island after it nipped one too many snorkelers and scuba divers. He first began nipping divers' fins in Makako Bay last year, but he enjoyed the sport so much that he began nipping other equipment and divers' limbs, and he even tried to mount a few divers. He has been relocated to the remote Laysan Island, where we hope he will find love among the other 200 monk seals living there.

Long Haul Silky Shark. After scientists tagged a silky shark (Carcharhinus falciformis) with a fin-mounted satellite transmitter near Wolf Island in the Galápagos, they were stunned by the data received. The silky had swum an astounding 17,191 miles over 546 days, more than 30 miles a day, six times farther than any previously recorded silky. Despite being a heavily fished species, little is known about the movements of silkys, though we know this one was on the go daily.

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