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The best National Geographic images from 2016 Photo

The best National Geographic images from 2016

Well, it’s that time of year again, where a look back at the year gives us reflection and inspiration for the year ahead, and photo compilations are everywhere. However, National Geographic just published their best images of 2016, and it is not to be missed. The photographs include some you may recognize, and some you may have overlooked, and even some awe inspiring underwater ones.

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National Geographic outs shark image hoax Photo

National Geographic outs shark image hoax

A digitally manipulated image of a great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) apparently breaching is the subject of an elaborate hoax. An individual going by the name of Bob Burton, is claiming to be a National Geographic magazine’s “chief” photographer and that the image is National Geographic’s “photo of the year”. National Geographic denies that Burton is an employee and states that they do not award a “photo of the year”. Image from Shutterstock.

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How whale species are adapting to changing ice in the Antarctic Photo

How whale species are adapting to changing ice in the Antarctic

National Geographic has just published an article that follows scientists through Antarctic waters as they try to determine how whale species are adapting to less ice and warmer temperatures. National Geographic Explorer Ari Friedlaender, of Oregon State University, is in the Antarctic to study humpback whales and Antarctic minke whales. The population of minke whales, who depend on sea ice for survival, has dropped while the population of humpback whales, who thrive in open ocean, have grown significantly.

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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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