For all the crab lovers out there, this season’s for you! The crabs are coming to a table near you and this season they might be a bit larger than last season.
But don’t get excited because while the Maryland Blue Crabs in the Chesapeake Bay will be larger from consuming too much carbon pollution, only their shell will be affected. The factories, power plants, and vehicles that build the carbon pollution in the waterways is making a more faster growing, aggressive predator that is helping deplete the oysters.
The pollution is having the opposite affect on the oyster population.
“Higher levels of carbon in the ocean are causing oysters to grow slower, and their predators — such as blue crabs — to grow faster,” Justin Baker Ries, a marine geologist at the University of North Carolina’s Aquarium Research Center, said in an recent interview.”
But the Atlantic is experiencing various problems in other populations of crustaceans. The lobster and shrimp populations are also getting larger. Read more here on the pollution that is turning the ocean’s predators into monsters.