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Princess cruise line criminally fined for deliberate illegal dumping in ocean Photo

Princess cruise line criminally fined for deliberate illegal dumping in ocean

The Department of Justice has fined Princess Cruise Line a fine for deliberate ocean pollution. The $40 million fine is “the largest-ever criminal penalty involving deliberate vessel pollution” according to the Department of Justice. The illegal pollution was reported by a whistleblowing engineer who quit over the practices in 2013.

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Mexico announces biosphere reserve Photo

Mexico announces biosphere reserve

Just ahead of the UN Biodiversity Conference in Cancun, Mexico has announced a new biosphere reserve encompassing much of the Quintana Roo coastline. Mexico News Today reports that the new protected area will encompass 5.7 million hectares (22,000 sq. miles), and will include the municipalities of Isla Mujeres, Benito Juárez, Puerto Morelos, Solidaridad, Cozumel, Tulum, Bacalar and Othón P. Blanco

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Paper suggests alternate theory for shark bites Photo

Paper suggests alternate theory for shark bites

A new paper published in the Journal of Marine Biology examines why great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) bite surfers. The traditional theory is that they mistake them for prey animals, typically seals, due to the surfer’s silhouettes from below. The paper suggest that this view is erroneous and that they tend to bite in order to identify things in their environment. (Image from Shutterstock).

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