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Alaska Skate (Bathyraja parmifera) at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, AK.

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A bristletooth Tomini tang surgeonfish (Ctenochaetus tominiensis) at Pure Aquariums.

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An Atlantic midshipman, Porichthys plectrodon, at Pure Aquariums from the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab. This kind of fish has light producing cells called photophores running up and down their sides. These are used to attract prey. The gold dots are reminiscent of a midshipman’s naval uniform, hence the name.

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A leatherback sea turtle hatchling crawls toward the ocean.

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Critically endangered (IUCN) Chuckey madtom (Noturus crypticus), one of only 14 specimens ever to be collected, at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center. This fish has not been listed due to lack of funding even though it is one of the rarest fish in North America.

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A critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered, injured Kemp’s ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) at the Gladys Porter Zoo.

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A critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered, injured Kemp’s ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) at the Gladys Porter Zoo.

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A critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered, injured Kemp’s ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) at the Gladys Porter Zoo.

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A critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered, injured Kemp’s ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) at the Gladys Porter Zoo.

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A critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered, injured Kemp’s ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) at the Gladys Porter Zoo.

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A critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered, injured Kemp’s ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) at the Gladys Porter Zoo.

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A critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered, injured Kemp’s ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) at the Gladys Porter Zoo.

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A critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered, injured Kemp’s ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) at the Gladys Porter Zoo.

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A critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered, injured Kemp’s ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) at the Gladys Porter Zoo.

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Cape Fear shiners (Notropis mekistocholas) a federally endangered species at a native stream fish breeding center. (IUCN: Endangered, US: Endangered)

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Cape Fear shiner (Notropis mekistocholas) a federally endangered species at a native stream fish breeding center. (IUCN: Endangered, US: Endangered)

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Cape Fear shiners (Notropis mekistocholas) a federally endangered species at a native stream fish breeding center. (IUCN: Endangered, US: Endangered)

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Yellowfin madtoms (Noturus flavipinnis) a vulnerable (IUCN) and federally threatened species at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center.

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A vulnerable (IUCN) and federally endangered boulder darter (Etheostoma wapiti) at the Conservation Fisheries, Knoxville, Tennessee.

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