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Bad News. And Some Good!

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has some sad news: the Caribbean monk seal is extinct. The last confirmed sighting of the seal was in 1952, and it's the first type of seal to go extinct from human causes. Perhaps this will be a wake-up call to protect the remaining Hawaiian and Mediterranean monk seals, both of which are endangered and at risk of extinction.

And now the good news! For the first time in around 70 years, the tracks and eggs of a leatherback sea turtle were spotted near Corpus Christi, Texas.

Plus, the blog reporting the turtle spotting (Dot Earth) humorously compares the turtle to a Smart Car.

[Image courtesy National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration]


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