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Giant Red Crab Invades Antarctic, Threatens Entire Ecosystem

September 15, 2011 1 comment

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Red king crab

Red king crab, courtesy of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration via Wikimedia Commons

The Antarctic is being invaded by a species that threatens to destroy it’s eco-system, giant red crabs are invading the area, wiping out local wildlife and threatening a 14 million year-old system in the process.

News of the crabs quick appearance is unsettling for researchers who three years ago warned that king crabs would invade the area within 100 years.

Using a remotely operated submersible more than one million Neolithodes yaldwyni have already been discovered in Palmer Deep, some 3,000 to 4,500 feet below sea level.

Craig Smith of the University of Hawaii at Manoa tells the Washington Post:

“This is likely to alter sediment processes, such as the rate at Read more…