Invasion Of The Shell Crushing Crabs

Yet another sign that things in nature just ain’t right, from Science Daily:

It’s like a scene out of a sci-fi movie — thousands, possibly millions, of king crabs are marching through icy, deep-sea waters and up the Antarctic slope.

king crab

Photo: Butterfly voyages (CC)

“They are coming from the deep, somewhere between 6,000 to 9,000 feet down,” said James McClintock, Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham Endowed Professor of Polar and Marine Biology.

Shell-crushing crabs haven’t been in Antarctica, Earth’s southernmost continent, for hundreds or thousands, if not millions, of years, McClintock said. “They have trouble regulating magnesium ions in their body fluids and get kind of drunk at low temperatures.”

But something has changed, and these crustaceans are poised to move by the droves up the slope and onto the shelf that surrounds Antarctica. McClintock and other marine researchers interested in the continent are sounding alarms because the vulnerable ecosystem could be wiped out, he said…

[continues at Science Daily]

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  • Anonymous

    “They are coming from the deep, somewhere between 6,000 to 9,000 feet down,”
    …something has been awakened (0_0)

  • Anonymous

    “They are coming from the deep, somewhere between 6,000 to 9,000 feet down,”
    …something has been awakened (0_0)

  • Rheokhu

    The stars are right!

    • Hadrian999

      Ia! Ia! Cthulhu fhtagn

  • Anonymous

    The stars are right!

  • Hadrian999

    Ia! Ia! Cthulhu fhtagn

  • Rob

    I see a new series of deadliest catch in the making. Prices of KC should drop down low enough that I can afford them, sounds like a Win win.

  • Rob

    I see a new series of deadliest catch in the making. Prices of KC should drop down low enough that I can afford them, sounds like a Win win.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    They just cannot take it anymore and they’re doing the king-crab equivalent of getting drunk to wash away the worries

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    They just cannot take it anymore and they’re doing the king-crab equivalent of getting drunk to wash away the worries

  • 5by5

    “Something has changed”.

    Yeah, the ocean’s got millions of gallons of crude oil drifting about the bottom of it, and gobs of radiation floating around, and it’s causing mass migrations.

  • 5by5

    “Something has changed”.

    Yeah, the ocean’s got millions of gallons of crude oil drifting about the bottom of it, and gobs of radiation floating around, and it’s causing mass migrations.

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