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King Crabs Threaten Seafloor Life Near Antarctica
September 7, 2011
King crabs and other crushing predators are thought to have been absent from cold Antarctic shelf waters for millions of years. Scientists speculate that the long absence of crushing predators has allowed the evolution of a unique Antarctic seafloor fauna with little resistance to predatory crabs. A recent study indicates that one species of king crab has moved 120 kilometers across the continental shelf in west Antarctica and established a large reproductive population in the Palmer Deep.
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