15 Nov '11, 8pm

A new report reveals an unexpected threat to some marine life: king crabs (via @mongabay)

A new report reveals an unexpected threat to some marine life: king crabs (via @mongabay)

Antarctic king crabs warming up to invade continental shelf, threatening unique marine community Stephen Tung, special to mongabay.com November 15, 2011 Giant crab invasion looms in Antarctica Dangerous and disruptive king crabs lurk in a deep pocket of the Antarctic continental shelf, clamoring to escape their cold-water prison to reach and permanently change the shallower, prehistoric paradise above. A team led by University of Hawaii oceanographer Craig Smith spotted the meter-long monsters in February 2010. It was the first time researchers have seen king crabs on the continental shelf—a vast undersea platform that surrounds the Antarctic continent. The crabs are disrupting the environment, feasting on myriads of chilled, undersea animals that had thrived without natural predators for millions of years. Smith and his team were surprised to find the crabs at depths of 9...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/1115-ucsc_tung_antarctica_c...

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