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Oysters Built the East Coast. Now Entrepreneurs are Rebuilding the Oysters.

The East Coast was literally built on oysters. At the peak of their production as a food source, these shellfish were so plentiful from the Gulf Coast to New England that discarded shells were crushed and used to pave roads. Oysters kept bays and waterways clean—Chesapeake Bay residents didn’t need to treat or filter their…

Tracking the World’s Largest Land Crab

Coconut crabs must be handled with extreme care; they have two powerful claws that can easily crush bone. I have previously studied red king crab and snow crab in Alaska, but coconut crabs are in a league of their own in terms of brute strength.

Watch: Very Rare Calico Lobster Caught in New Hampshire

You could call it a lucky catch: A fisher recently captured an extremely rare “calico” lobster in Maine.

How Did Odd Lobster Get Six Claws?

Lola, a lobster recently caught off Massachusetts with five claws on her left side, likely got her odd appearance due to a genetic glitch.

Shrimp in drinking water are microscopic and harmless

Invisible shrimp could very well be living in every drop of water you drink–but that’s OK, they’re nothing to worry about. By Jeremy A. Kaplan (FOXNews.com) <strong><em>This post is part of a special <a href=”http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/clean_water_crisis.html”>news series</a> on global water issues.</em></strong> A photo posted to the online sharing site Reddit has the Internet abuzz. It shows…

Bathynomus Giganteus: Terrifying Sea Beast Hauled Up

By Jeremy A. Kaplan (FOXNews.com) A submarine exploring the ocean’s depths recently returned with an unexpected visitor: a crablike critter called Bathynomus giganteus (commonly known as giant isopod) that has left many readers startled and horrified. This giant isopod (a crustacean related to shrimps and crabs) represents one of about nine species of large isopods in…

Will acid seas result in giant shellfish?

As the world’s seawater becomes more acidic due to rising atmospheric carbon dioxide, some shelled marine animals may actually become bigger and stronger, suggests research by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The finding could have important implications for ocean food webs and the multi-billion dollar global market for shellfish and crustaceans, the University of North Carolina…