On January 22, 2021, President Biden authorized the United States to rejoin the Paris Agreement. Now that the United States is back at the table, all eyes are on the new administration as to how large of a role the U.S. will play in the fight against climate change.
There is a nearly incomprehensible vastness to our oceans, and a significant portion of it, more than eighty percent, remain unexplored. To put this into perspective, more people have been to our moon than have been to the deepest depths of our oceans - despite them being closer and far more important to our survival and the life of our planet. Despite the increase in deep-ocean research and technological advancements, there is still a deficiency in essential details about many different species that inhabit the deep.
Many of us have encountered creatures with notoriously bad reputations; they are often referred to as vermin or pests. In reality, these “pests” regularly feast on true pests, some of which even threaten human health. Here are four commonly misrepresented critters readily found in many parts of North America and why their associated unflattering images are undeserved!