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Bart DiFiore

Bart DiFiore grew up in Gloucester, Massachusetts and has studied common thresher sharks at the Pfleger Institute of Environmental Research (PIER) in Oceanside, California. His work on “The Hottest Blood” was supported by a Middlebury College Fellowship in Environmental Journalism.


The Hottest Blood

Under the Miami skyline, beneath bits of trash collected at the margin of the Florida current, a tiny female creature struggles on a warm, moonless night in April. She is only six millimeters long, opaque, with a head larger than her body. Electric impulses run down her developing spinal cord, twitching her trunk and tail side to side, side to side, in a motion that won't stop until she dies.