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Why Are Horseshoe Crabs Dying In Japan? ‘Living Fossil’ Crabs Are Mysteriously Dead

Hundreds of horseshoe crabs are washing up dead in Japan and nobody can figure out why.Typically some 50 crabs died on the coast of Kitakyushu, Japan, the largest habitat for the country’s horseshoe crab. This year, nearly 500 have washed ashore, Quartz reported Wednesday. That’s the largest such figure in two decades, according to the Asahi Shimbun newspaper.

It could be a whole mix of factors causing the deaths. “Rises in the sea level caused by global warming, shortages of places to lay eggs and a lack of nutrition could have resulted in their deaths,” Hiroko Koike, a researcher at the Kyushu University Museum, told Asahi Shimbun. “We have to be careful to identify the cause.”

Source: Why Are Horseshoe Crabs Dying In Japan? ‘Living Fossil’ Crabs Are Mysteriously Dead

I wonder if it could have anything to do with all the toxic crap pouring into the water from Fukushima…..

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