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fishing map

VESSEL VIEWER  By tracking the activity of more than 70,000 fishing vessels, researchers made this 2016 map of total global fishing activity. Dots represent the average hours of activity within an area spanning 10,000 square kilometers.

cacao flowers

FLOWERS FOR CHOCOLATE  Pale petals curl over a cacao flower’s male parts. Here, two developing fruits, or seedpods (top left), will eventually ripen, housing the seeds that give the world chocolate.

seal pup

BLOWN AROUND  Prevailing winds can displace migrating northern fur seal pups, who begin their epic journeys at just 4 months old, by hundreds of kilometers.

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