Gallery: Carbon Pollution is Creating Giant Crabs in the Chesapeake Bay


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A surge of giant crabs might sound like something from a 1950s B-movie, but that is exactly what is happening in the Chesapeake Bay. According to a new study done by researchers at the University of North Carolina’s Aquarium Research Center, carbon pollution is causing the animals to drastically increase in size. Crustaceans have been bulking up on the carbon from factories, power plants, and vehicles to grow larger and faster, making them even more voracious predators to vital filter-feeders such as oysters. The oysters, who play an important role in cleaning the Bay, conversely mature much slower in the presence of carbon, making them even more vulnerable to the claws and huge appetites of crabs.

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