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Thursday, June 13, 2024

Mutant Green Crabs Are Mean, and They’re Invading Maine’s Waters

An aggressive breed of green crab is invading Maine’s waters.

The crabs (Carcinus maenas) threaten blue mussels, soft-shell clams and the eelgrass beds off the state’s rocky coast. The crustaceans are also just plain nasty: researchers who work with the crabs say that instead of hiding from threats, the critters rush forward, pincers waving.

“Anytime I went down to grab one, they went to grab me instead,” Louis Logan, a graduate student at the University of New England, told the Associated Press.

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