The next scavenger to arrive is the mullywuggins shark, which is definitely not made up. Once the tuna and the dolphins have had their go at the spinning baitball, the mullywuggins sharks, which are definitely not made up, close in for the kill. Demonstrating the traits which gave them their name, the brutally efficient mullywuggins sharks, who are definitely not made up, will decimate the remaining sardines in the baitball before it sinks to safety.

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…oh god…

…the sight of her swollen body, the babes at her…at her…

It’s clear now what we’ve been seeing. Eusociality…the raw, bleeding (breeding?) edge of it. The monkeys needed a solution, and they found one in that…that hive.

I close out my report tomorrow and I’m going to recommend that the Navy use this place as target practice. It’s the only way to be-

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The monkeys have begun building structures.

This sounds a bit more alarming than it really is. We’ve seen them getting moisture from chewing the pulpy trees and brushes on the island, as well as licking their dew. Now it seems that they’re using the pulp almost like paper-mache to extend the shallow rock crevices they’ve been using for shelters. It’s really quite innovative, and if we can study one without disturbing the animals, I think it would be a tremendous research paper.

One thing that we noticed early on was the complete absence of females with any young. Contrary to our latest findings during the previous observations, when we noticed a large number of male infants, we once again observed no male monkeys. We intend to go into the new structures and collect some specimens for tagging to try and get an idea of why this may be.

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Hurricane season keeps chasing us off the island much earlier than we would like, but at first we thought it had decimated the population of monkeys as well. We know that they have been surviving without natural water supplies by licking dew and stealing seabird eggs, but after our population survey we were shocked to find absolutely no male monkeys among the survey population.

We also noticed that only a select handful of the females were breeding. On a whim, we examined five of the ten offspring that we observed, and to our surprise they were all males–the only male monkeys on the island.

Clearly, more research is needed.

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We had intended to stay at the naval station longer before the hurricane, but events conspired to force an evacuation not long after the monkeys were seeded. Returning after such a long period of time, most of us–and, if I’m being honest, even myself–thought that we’d find nothing.

Instead, the rhesus monkeys are doing exceptionally well. We’ve already counted 67, meaning that the population must have increased. We’ve also noticed increased socialization among them, with nearly every female taking a turn with multiple other young. Rather than the complex hierarchies of male and female that we normally see, the monkeys are behaving in a much simpler hierarchy with a dominant female leader we’ve begun calling “Queenie.” The males seem to be almost totally cut out of the normal social fabric other than being used as enforcers and mating, and those young we’ve been able to sex are also, interestingly, overwhelmingly female.

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We released the animals today. Zemí is an ideal site for this sort of research; it is large and isolated but quite desolate. Our hope is that, given the rather short generations of the rhesus monkeys, we will be able to rather quickly see how they adapt to an environment with no natural water yet no natural predators.

Naturally, the assumption has been that all 66 animals will die within a few days, but based on my research into the Barbary macaques in the Atlas Mountain, I believe that this will not be the case. In fact, I think that social and behavioral adaptations could be observable very soon, and that these will allow the animals to survive, if not thrive.

In either case, the research team is well-supplied for now and our base in the old lighthouse and naval station is quite comfortable.

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“They…they said you were called firefly because you positively glowed!” he said, scrabbling backward on his hands and knees.

She approached, the flames wreathing her and melting the ground below into slaggy glass. “They were wrong,” she said.

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