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Cruise Ship Pollution - Cruise ships have been described as "floating cities" and like cities, they have a lot of pollution problems. Their per capita pollution is actually often worse than a city of the same population, due to weak pollution control laws, lax enforcement, and the difficulty of detecting illegal discharges at sea. In addition to producing and releasing waste products, cruise ships can also have considerable damage to surrounding ecosystems due to their sheer size. Read the full article to learn more!

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Dolphin Juvenile Social Play Predicts Adult Reproductive Success

Juvenile male bottlenose dolphins engaging in social play develop adult-like reproductive behaviors, with those spending more time on such behaviors fathering more offspring as adults. The study highlights a rare connection between juvenile social play and adult reproductive success, observed through years of behavioral and genetic data collection on Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins in Shark Bay, Western Australia. Learn more from PNAS.
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