September 06, 2011

If only there were some way to deal with this menace

Writing in the journal Proceedings B, scientists report a large, reproductive population of crabs in the Palmer Deep, a basin cut in the continental shelf.

The crabs are voracious crushers of sea floor animals and will probably change the ecosystem profoundly if and when they spread further, researchers warn...

Judging by the density of the crabs and their tracks, the scientists estimate there may be 1.5 million crabs in the basin.

Ordinarily I say live and let live. But with an entire eco-system at stake...well, we all need to be ready to do our part.


Blogger First Sea Lord said...

This jibes with the report I read in International Shipbuilding about the commissioning of a two compartment lemon and butter capable supertanker.

September 7, 2011 at 9:01 AM  

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