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These are steelhead salmon smolts (Oncorhynchus mykiss) being raised at a hatchery. They will soon be transported to release streams in the hope that some of them will survive their migration to the sea; but the heavily dammed Columbia river and its tributaries have become an obstacle course for several imperiled species. In addition the Native Americans, to whom the salmon runs are crucial, find fishing very poor. (US: Threatened)

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A teenager swims in a canal near Bayou Black, Louisiana.

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Illegal immigrants don dry clothes after swimming across the Rio Grande river near a bridge in Brownsville, Texas.

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Central newts (Notophthalmus viridescens louisianensis) with southern leopard frog (Rana sphenocephala) eggs, a favorite food source, at Bennett Springs State Park near Lebanon, Missouri.

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Central newts (Notophthalmus viridescens louisianensis) with southern leopard frog (Rana sphenocephala) eggs, a favorite food source, at Bennett Springs State Park near Lebanon, Missouri.

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Bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus) swimming in the Bighorn Creek, in the Wigwam River drainage in British Columbia. This is one of the last, best places for spawning of the vulnerable (ICUN) and federally-threatened bull trout, and is part of the Kootenay River system, which sees an annual migration of bull trout from Lake Koocanusa, some fifty miles away. The fish prefer very cold water of 40 degrees or so in order to spawn, and the springs in this area provide that.

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A long-tailed duck swimming on the Colville river near Ocean Point, Alaska.

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A moose (Alces americanus) crosses the Kukpuk River on Alaska’s North Slope.

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A twelve year-old girl on the shores of Mar Caribe peninsula, Cancun, Mexico. Taken near ME Melia Hotel where Hurricane Wilma came through in 2005 and removed much of the beach.

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A twelve year-old girl on the shores of Mar Caribe peninsula, Cancun, Mexico. Taken near ME Melia Hotel where Hurricane Wilma came through in 2005 and removed much of the beach.

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A twelve year-old girl walks along the shores of Mar Caribe peninsula, Cancun, Mexico. Taken near ME Melia Hotel where Hurricane Wilma came through in 2005 and removed much of the beach.

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A twelve year-old girl on the shores of Mar Caribe peninsula, Cancun, Mexico. Taken near ME Melia Hotel where Hurricane Wilma came through in 2005 and removed much of the beach.

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A twelve year-old girl on the shores of Mar Caribe peninsula, Cancun, Mexico. Taken near ME Melia Hotel where Hurricane Wilma came through in 2005 and removed much of the beach.

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A twelve year-old girl on the shores of Mar Caribe peninsula, Cancun, Mexico. Taken near ME Melia Hotel where Hurricane Wilma came through in 2005 and removed much of the beach.

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A twelve year-old girl on the shores of Mar Caribe peninsula, Cancun, Mexico. Taken near ME Melia Hotel where Hurricane Wilma came through in 2005 and removed much of the beach.

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A twelve year-old girl on the shores of Mar Caribe peninsula, Cancun, Mexico. Taken near ME Melia Hotel where Hurricane Wilma came through in 2005 and removed much of the beach.

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A twelve year-old girl on the shores of Mar Caribe peninsula, Cancun, Mexico. Taken near ME Melia Hotel where Hurricane Wilma came through in 2005 and removed much of the beach.

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A snorkeler reaches out to a vulnerable (IUCN) and federally endangered manatee (Trichechus manatus) in Florida.

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Tourists in a steam-heated pool near Sun Valley, Idaho.

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A girl plays on an ottoman in her swimsuit at her home in Washington D.C.

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A father with his daughter in the entryway of their home in Washington D.C.

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Portrait of an eastern hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis alleganiensis) at the San Francisco State University.

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Vulnerable (IUCN) and federally threatened Chiricahua leopard frogs (Lithobates chiricahuensis) at the Phoenix Zoo, Phoenix, Arizona.

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A caiman with vegetation stuck to its nose in Brazil’s Pantanal region.

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A swimmer comes up to the surface to breathe in St. Lucia, the Caribbean.

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Black brant (Branta bernicla nigricans) at Teshekpuk Lake on Alaska’s North Slope.

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A critically endangered bluetail splitfin (Ataeniobius toweri) at the Denver Aquarium, Denver, Colorado.

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A critically endangered bluetail splitfin (Ataeniobius toweri) at the Denver Aquarium, Denver, Colorado.

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Butterfly splitfins or butterfly goodeids (Ameca splendens) at the Denver Aquarium, Denver, Colorado. This species is considered extinct in the wild.

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