08 Animal / Environment

1st. Angela Rowlings / Freelance

A starfish is seen in a rainbow swirl of fuel that spilled at the Stanley Bridge Wharf during post-tropical storm Fiona on September 24, 2022, in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Fuel tanks at many of the island’s wharves were damaged, spilling fuel in areas used for shellfishing. Maritime Electric estimated Fiona cost the island about $35 million CAD.

2nd. Jessica Rinaldi / The Boston Globe

Belchertown, MA–8/3/2022 – (Top Row – L-R) Scout and Max pose for a portrait on the couch with (Bottom Row – L-R:) Oliver, Tinker Bell, Gemma, and Sidney. Susan Howe has six beagles, two of her latest rescues (Tinker Bell and Gemma) were among the thousands of beagles recently discovered in terrible condition in a research facility in Virginia. Hundreds of the dogs were brought to Massachusetts to be adopted by loving families.

3rd. Elise Amendola / Freelance

A very unhappy looking bear sits in his enclosure during a rainy day at Fortress of the Bear in Sitka, Alaska.

HM. David Goldman / Associated Press

Edmond Coverley swims to shore while pulling a raft loaded with conch shells from his trap to bring to a fish market for sale in West End, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Few countries in the world are as synonymous with a seafood as the Bahamas and conch. The shellfish appears on the national coat of arms and it’s widely recognized as the national dish. But fishermen have had to go further and further away from shore to find the molluscs, which thousands of Bahamians eat fried, stewed, smoked and raw every day. Scientists, international organizations and government officials have sounded the alarm that the conch population is fading due to overfishing, and the shellfish could cease to be commercially viable in half a generation. The loss of traditional foods around the world is one of the most stark examples of how overfishing has changed the way people live. No longer a theoretical threat, overfishing has wiped out once abundant fish species and taken beloved culturally important dishes that serve as cornerstones of food security in the developing world off the table forever.

HM. Lauren O. Lambert / Freelance

On March 5, 2022, a common sand shark swims in the ocean off the coast of Jupiter Florida.