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Increased Carbon Emissions Creating Giant Crabs

samzenpus posted about a year ago | from the I-for-one-would-like-to-welcome-our-new-crab-overlords dept.

Science 203

An anonymous reader writes "A lot of things in America are supersized: our portions, our drinks and now, apparently, our crabs. New research reveals that crabs can grow much faster and larger when water is saturated with carbon.This means that as greenhouse gas emissions grow, so will these crustaceans."

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CRAAAAAB PEOPLE (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43391803)

I for one welcome our steel pincered overlords.

Ok (5, Funny)

fyngyrz (762201) | about a year ago | (#43391949)

We're going to need giant tubs of melted butter.

Re:Ok (2)

kilodelta (843627) | about a year ago | (#43392223)

And genetically engineered giant lemons too!

Re:Ok (4, Funny)

Golddess (1361003) | about a year ago | (#43392231)

As long as Cave Johnson isn't heading their development.

Re:Ok (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43392635)

You're looking at it backward. By using incendiary lemons, you cook the crab as you spice it. This saves crucial time in the endless war against the giant crabs.

Re:Ok (5, Funny)

houstonbofh (602064) | about a year ago | (#43392521)

Bigger crabs and lobster, and someone thinks this is a bad thing? I am going outside to rev my SUV for a while...

Re:Ok (4, Insightful)

cayenne8 (626475) | about a year ago | (#43392593)

Bigger crabs and lobster, and someone thinks this is a bad thing? I am going outside to rev my SUV for a while...

My thoughts exactly!!

My first thought on reading this was "Hey, there is an upside to this whole global warming thing". Why is it that anytime green house gasses, etc are discussed, that everything is gloom and doom?

Everything has balance, let's look at the good things for instance.

A softshelled crab that would fill a plate all by itself?

YUM!!

STD? (4, Funny)

Das Auge (597142) | about a year ago | (#43392531)

I was thinking of something completely different...

Re:Ok (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43392549)

Fabio's career will be revived!

Re:CRAAAAAB PEOPLE (1)

dywolf (2673597) | about a year ago | (#43392277)

Re:CRAAAAAB PEOPLE (4, Funny)

Curunir_wolf (588405) | about a year ago | (#43392753)

Dad-a-chum? Dum-a-chum?

Well, that's it. (2)

Eunuchswear (210685) | about a year ago | (#43391805)

Game over for the human race as we are eaten by the giant global warming crabs.

Re:Well, that's it. (2)

Eunuchswear (210685) | about a year ago | (#43391815)

Wait, just to check - exactly what kind of crabs are we talking about here. ... runs screaming into the distance, scratching madly.

Re:Well, that's it. (5, Funny)

redneckmother (1664119) | about a year ago | (#43391975)

Wait, just to check - exactly what kind of crabs are we talking about here. ... runs screaming into the distance, scratching madly.

That was my first impression, too.

I was reminded of graffiti I saw above a urinal at a drive-in theatre in Amarillo, circa 1972:

Please don't throw toothpicks in urinal. Texas crabs can pole vault.

Re:Well, that's it. (5, Funny)

Squiddie (1942230) | about a year ago | (#43391851)

Giant Enemy Crabs are easy. Just flip them over and attack their weak point for massive damage.

Re:Well, that's it. (2)

Thud457 (234763) | about a year ago | (#43392137)

I like crab, but this [hedge.net] just seems icky.

Re:Well, that's it. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43391871)

So, in a controlled test, providing more of a BUILDING BLOCK OF LIFE, carbon, NOT POLLUTION, the crabs grew larger.

This would suggest that the poor creatures are carbon-deprived in the outlying environment.

We would be doing them a great service to increase the volume of output of carbon.

Re:Well, that's it. (1)

ByOhTek (1181381) | about a year ago | (#43392289)

yes, and then they are more of a threat to the poor creatures they eat, and the population of those things are reduced.

And saying it is a building block of life, and not pollution is a false dichotomy. Would you like to live in a 50% oxygen atmosphere (same temperature and pressure)? A requisite of life can be bad if there is too much of it.

Re:Well, that's it. (1)

Kreigaffe (765218) | about a year ago | (#43392487)

50% oxygen? well.. people on oxygen get that, so i'll assume it wouldn't be fatal..
it would make the 4th of July a little more interesting.
and i'd probably kill myself the first time i saw a hawk-sized mosquito.

Re:Well, that's it. (1)

AvitarX (172628) | about a year ago | (#43392537)

I'm pretty sure it'd make you go blind.

Re:Well, that's it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43391907)

Sony called it back in 2006... Giant Enemy Crabs!

Re:Well, that's it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43392099)

Send in Space Ghost

Costal Cities (2)

brainboyz (114458) | about a year ago | (#43391807)

City defense teams should be ready with butter...

Re:Costal Cities (1)

TubeSteak (669689) | about a year ago | (#43392427)

For crab lovers, bigger doesnâ(TM)t necessarily mean better. Carbon-absorbing crabs put all their energy into upgrading shells, not flesh â" like a mansion without much furniture. So diners might be disappointed years from now when they crack open huge crabs and find little meat.

I'm not sure why TFS links to page 2 of the article.

Re:Costal Cities (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43392591)

On the other hand, with the growing obesity epidemic, giant crabs should be pleased when they crack open a human and find plenty of meat.

Oblig ... (-1, Redundant)

gstoddart (321705) | about a year ago | (#43391809)

I for one welcome our new super-sized crustacean overlords. :-P

Re:Oblig ... (2)

rwa2 (4391) | about a year ago | (#43392495)

Crap! We're already TOO LATE!

https://www.google.com/search?q=coconut+crab [google.com]

Bonus: they drop coconuts on your head before they jump down and eat.

celebrate! (1)

Sparticus789 (2625955) | about a year ago | (#43391821)

I, for one, enjoy large Alaskan King Crab legs on a barbeque. I will enjoy super-sized Alaska King Crab legs the size of my forearm in the near future.

Re:celebrate! (2)

VEGETA_GT (255721) | about a year ago | (#43391951)

Depends, do these super-sized Alaska King Crab legs taste better or worse. Very important question. Also will my crab claw cracker need to be upgraded Ie MORE POWER

Re:celebrate! (1)

Culture20 (968837) | about a year ago | (#43392097)

You're vegeta. Just go super-duper zayan or rent some jaws of life if you're tired after fighting Cell.

Re:celebrate! (1)

Sparticus789 (2625955) | about a year ago | (#43392535)

He could cook it with lasers from his hands AND crack the shell at the same time.

Re:celebrate! (4, Funny)

Culture20 (968837) | about a year ago | (#43392633)

Yeah, but he'd have to stand there flexing muscles and glowing for two episodes to build up the power.

Re:celebrate! (5, Informative)

Andy Dodd (701) | about a year ago | (#43392181)

If you read the TFA - most of the size increase is going into the shells, not the flesh.

So they may LOOK like better food from the outside - but they're worse.

Re:celebrate! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43392435)

Well fuck. I guess we should do something about global warming after all.

Re:celebrate! (1)

Sparticus789 (2625955) | about a year ago | (#43392525)

You sir, have convinced a global warming skeptic, me, to want to do something about global warming.

Re:celebrate! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43392563)

No, they said the crabs molt more frequently, meaning they are actually growing faster. Go read about exoskeletons...

jaws of life^WDEATH! (2)

Thud457 (234763) | about a year ago | (#43392185)

In teh futar, diners will wear powerarmor instead of bibs. "Dangerous Catch" will look like the lost scenes from Starship Troopers.

Re:celebrate! (1)

aaronb1138 (2035478) | about a year ago | (#43392787)

The thought of needing Channel-Locks or Vice-Grips to have Alaska King crab is making my mouth water just a bit.

Carbon dioxide? (1)

ArsenneLupin (766289) | about a year ago | (#43391823)

Arte they really sure it's the carbon dioxyde, and not the radioactivity from all the nuclear power stations? Usually CO2 just suffocates stuff, it's the radiation that makes the critter bigger!

Re:Carbon dioxide? (3, Informative)

ByOhTek (1181381) | about a year ago | (#43392365)

usually too much radiation just makes things sick, lethargic and dead.

CO2 doesn't suffocate stuff, lack of oxygen, and CO will suffocate. Anyway, in the water, CO2 turns into carbonic acid, which becomes carbonates and bicarbonates, if I remember correctly.

O2 binds to hemoglobin stronger than CO2, so with enough O2, CO2 isn't a problem, though it may cause discomfort since your body detects it's presence, rather than the lack of oxygen. CO however, binds to heme more strongly than O2, so it is an issue.

Giant crabs? (3, Insightful)

Dunbal (464142) | about a year ago | (#43391835)

Mmmmmm crab cakes.....drooool

Giant Enemy Crab? (2)

Lisk (1103405) | about a year ago | (#43391849)

It's ok, we can attack their weak point for massive damage.

So I know I'm going for the low hanging fruit, but (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43391855)

So here's this giant enemy crab! We'll be fine so long as we find a weak point to attack for massive damage!

Climate Change Bad, But Crabs Good (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43391859)

I used to say that climate change was a bad thing. But as a Marylander, now I say bring it!

Larger crabs == win.

Count Me Confused (5, Insightful)

eldavojohn (898314) | about a year ago | (#43391861)

I've been crabbing in the Chesapeake and New Jersey for the past ~5 years once or twice a year using both pots and hand lines and haven't noticed any steady size increase to match the increase in carbon emissions. Not a lot of variance anyway when I hear the "daily biggest crab" winners at the outfit we go through (7.5" to 8.5"). You would think we would start hearing about 9" or 10" crabs if their size is increasing with carbon emissions. Anecdotal, I know but what I've seen first hand doesn't really line up with this.

Also, I tried to track down the original article from the Post and it didn't sound like it lined up with this article:

Under conditions with lower levels of carbon, two mud crabs polished off 20 oysters in six hours. But in the aquariums with higher levels of carbon, the mud crabs seemed confused.

They went over to the oysters, but they didn’t eat as many — sometimes fewer than half of what other crabs ate under normal conditions. Dodd scratched his head. “Acidification may be confusing the crab,” he said. The situation, he concluded, “is more complicated than you’d be led to believe.”

Ries said crabs might be getting loopy from all that carbon in their systems, depriving them of oxygen and putting them in a fog.

They're right about the Chesapeake being in trouble though ... a growing "dead zone" coupled with overfishing. Man, in the past six years fishing trips on that body of water have gotten very sorry. We're now going up to Delaware Bay ... it's a shame, I've donated to Save the Chesapeake but people around here are stubbornly against the EPA or any government regulation. There goes those natural resources I guess.

Re:Count Me Confused (1)

wbr1 (2538558) | about a year ago | (#43391901)

See the first page of the article. The summary link was wrong.

Re:Count Me Confused (2)

turkeyfeathers (843622) | about a year ago | (#43391955)

So the Chesapeake's dying from overfishing and your answer is to move on up to Delaware Bay. Hope your grandchildren appreciate the fine work you're doing for the planet.

Re:Count Me Confused (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year ago | (#43392007)

You really think the once or twice a year crabbing the GP partakes in is what is killing the Chesapeake?

Re:Count Me Confused (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43392109)

Him alone? Of course not. Combined with the rest of the commercial and non commercial crabbers... ummm, yes? That's the fun thing about a public commons, since no one individual causes the problem, it's okay and rational for everyone to keep using up more!

Re:Count Me Confused (5, Insightful)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year ago | (#43392217)

His share of the responsibility is likely very low.

Shutdown the commercial operators and I bet the problem is solved. No one will do that though.

This is like charging a homeowner 100x as much as a farmer for water, then blaming the homeowner watering his lawn for water shortages. If you actually want to fix the issue you go after the bigger fish.

Re:Count Me Confused (3, Funny)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about a year ago | (#43392545)

If you actually want to fix the issue you go after the bigger fish.

They tried that with the groupers and found out that all the small ones were male, and then they turn into females when they get larger. It caused the population to crash for a while.

Seafood is wildlife. It's only due to the size of the oceans that the species haven't been wiped out completely. If people had such a voracious appetite for wild venison, we'd have empty woods by now. I try to limit my seafood consumption to once a month or less, for that reason. I do take some fish oil for my heart, and I know that's bad for a few species, but I'm also testifying on a hemp legalization bill in a few days, in an attempt to fix that as well.

Yes, we can grow Omega-3's with weeds, but our government imprisons people who do.

Re:Count Me Confused (5, Interesting)

eldavojohn (898314) | about a year ago | (#43392111)

So the Chesapeake's dying from overfishing and your answer is to move on up to Delaware Bay. Hope your grandchildren appreciate the fine work you're doing for the planet.

Do you know what catch and release is? Those sharks and toadfish I'm landing with a rod and reel on Delaware Bay sure the hell aren't ending up on my plate. We might take a striper or two and maybe use some spots for bunkfish (bait) but it's nothing compared to what a commercial boat is doing [hubis.com] . Doesn't even register! I don't think I've ever even landed a croaker that was big enough to keep!

When I charter a boat for a day at $500 (plus tip) and a fisherman takes me out instead of trying to commercially fish, it ends up being good for the bay. Thanks for accusing me of destroying our resources though, I'll add that to the list of why I don't talk to people about possible conservation strategies right next to being called a tree hugging hippie when I mention it at work.

Next time you're on the bay walk up to any boat captain and ask him/her about overfishing on the bay. HINT: It's not the five guys who are up there one weekend a year to enjoy the sun and land a few fish. In fact, they will probably tell you that a steady stream of that kind of tourism will allow those fisherman income so they stop overfishing to pay for their boats and fuel!

Re:Count Me Confused (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43392677)

So the Chesapeake's dying from overfishing and your answer is to move on up to Delaware Bay. Hope your grandchildren appreciate the fine work you're doing for the planet.

Do you know what catch and release is? ...

Oh, yeah. That's good.

You go to a fancy restaurant for a nice meal. You take a bit of your filet mignon, and damn if you don't have a hook in your mouth hauling your ass up into the sky.

Like you're gonna be all better when you get dropped back into the atmosphere.

Re:Count Me Confused (1)

HaynieMatt (755882) | about a year ago | (#43391977)

The title should have read, "super sized population". I believe it was only the population that they were talking about not the actual size of the crabs.

Re:Count Me Confused (1)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | about a year ago | (#43391993)

Yeah the problem is if our bodies of water die, we have a body of stagnant dead water. This creates. .. problems. A lot more than just "The air smells like shit all the time," Which it will.

The only thing that's keeping the bay in tact these days is the localized diphasic timeline pairing it with a not-dead version of the bay from an alternate universe.

Re:Count Me Confused (1)

Culture20 (968837) | about a year ago | (#43392173)

I would think keeping a bay in tact would require a manners lesson or two and a human/water translation dictionary.

Re:Count Me Confused (1)

ISoldat53 (977164) | about a year ago | (#43392207)

I caught crabs in New Jersey once.

Re:Count Me Confused (1)

aardvarkjoe (156801) | about a year ago | (#43392421)

I've been crabbing in the Chesapeake and New Jersey for the past ~5 years once or twice a year using both pots and hand lines and haven't noticed any steady size increase to match the increase in carbon emissions. Not a lot of variance anyway when I hear the "daily biggest crab" winners at the outfit we go through (7.5" to 8.5"). You would think we would start hearing about 9" or 10" crabs if their size is increasing with carbon emissions. Anecdotal, I know but what I've seen first hand doesn't really line up with this.

1-2 data points a year for five years isn't exactly a lot of data when you're talking about CO2 levels.

H.G. Wells was Right! (1)

geraldkw (534863) | about a year ago | (#43391873)

The future is crab people!!!!

Jurassic Park (1)

unixcorn (120825) | about a year ago | (#43391889)

Next there will be dinosaurs roaming the earth due to increased carbon.

Re:Jurassic Park (1)

Jarik C-Bol (894741) | about a year ago | (#43392213)

boy i hope so, I really want to tame a Hatzegopteryx to ride!

Next Study.... (3, Insightful)

TheCarp (96830) | about a year ago | (#43391917)

Ok so they grow faster, nice. They grow bigger? Awesome.

How about flavor? Are they more tasty when they grow bigger and faster? Why is nobody asking the important questions?

Re:Next Study.... (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43392073)

Ok so they grow faster, nice. They grow bigger? Awesome.

How about flavor? Are they more tasty when they grow bigger and faster? Why is nobody asking the important questions?

Because they're answered in TFA.

The increase in carbon allows them to grow faster simply because they have more carbon to pump into bigger/harder shells (i.e. they molt more often).

The tastey/meaty bits aren't growing faster, leaving big strong shells filled with very little meat.

Re:Next Study.... (1)

Atlas_Atkinson (2881387) | about a year ago | (#43392079)

Fighting a Giant Crab would at least make the victory all the sweeter... with a side of butter.

Re:Next Study.... (2)

Convector (897502) | about a year ago | (#43392211)

I'm sorry, this is AMERICA. Where we care about portion sizes, not flavor.

Re:Next Study.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43392689)

How about flavor?

Sadly, they still taste like crab.

Title doesn't match story (5, Informative)

Prime Mover (149173) | about a year ago | (#43391927)

I didn't just RTFHeadline but read the whole story and nowhere does it mention CO2 influencing the size of crab growth. In fact, quite the opposite, the article says that crabs don't feed as well under higher CO2. The article barely mentions CO2 and is really about conservation efforts of oysters and crabs.

Giant Crabs Attack New York! (5, Informative)

davide marney (231845) | about a year ago | (#43391933)

Another histrionic headline about global warming. Here's the actual report [unc.edu] , which documents the change in calcification of a variety of marine animals under increasing levels of CO2 dissolved in the water. Nothing in there at all about "giant crabs". Critters with hard shells -- crabs, lobsters, etc. -- will develop thicker shells as you increase the levels of CO2. News at 11.

Re:Giant Crabs Attack New York! (1)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | about a year ago | (#43392021)

No problem . . . Bloomberg will just outlaw large crab portions. It will help the poor people from eating too much, or something like that.

End of problem. Now about that foot long hot dog that you are eating . . . nine inches should be the limit . . .

Re:Giant Crabs Attack New York! (1)

Farmer Pete (1350093) | about a year ago | (#43392741)

End of problem. Now about that foot long hot dog that you are eating . . . nine inches should be the limit . . .

First the TSA get's all up in my junk with their body scanners, and now you're telling my wife what she can and can't do to my privates? That's it, I'm moving to Canada. It may be lame there, but at least my privates will be protected.

Crab people, Crab people (1)

Emperor Shaddam IV (199709) | about a year ago | (#43391939)

The Crab people will rise up and take over the Earth. Time to buy a Prius. Oh, wait, the lithium ion batteries create more carbon from manufacturing them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tV5wmDhzgY8 [youtube.com]

Doh!!

Climate models (1)

louic (1841824) | about a year ago | (#43391983)

I propose to include these larger crabs in the climate models. Larger crabs --> more carbon fixed (or eaten) --> less CO2 --> less global warming.

If you actually read the article (1)

turkeyfish (950384) | about a year ago | (#43392249)

you would recognize that you would be incredibly stupid to do so. Its just that a journalist can't tell the difference between larger crabs and a larger crab population.

If you actually understood science of sarcasm (1)

louic (1841824) | about a year ago | (#43392539)

You would recognise that what I proposed is obviously the latter.

Blue crabs grow bigger shells, mud crabs eat less (5, Informative)

Walking The Walk (1003312) | about a year ago | (#43392003)

Not sure why the link goes to the second page of the article, but on the first page they explain that blue crabs grow their shells faster in water with more carbon. (They note that bigger shells doesn't translate to more meat.) On the second page, they talk about the fact that mud crabs seem confused in water polluted with carbon, and that some mud crabs only ate half as much as in water with less carbon. Relevant quotes from the article:

Higher levels of carbon in the ocean are causing oysters to grow slower, and their predators — such as blue crabs — to grow faster

versus

Under conditions with lower levels of carbon, two mud crabs polished off 20 oysters in six hours. But in the aquariums with higher levels of carbon, the mud crabs seemed confused. They went over to the oysters, but they didn’t eat as many — sometimes fewer than half of what other crabs ate under normal conditions.

It's got to be the Plutonians (1)

Leggman (539439) | about a year ago | (#43392005)

Pretty sure this is the work of the Plutonians and the Bad Replicant. They were already seen working on crustacean enlargement and training... Emory: Okay, look, if you see him, could you just tell him to get going on the crab-training project? And he'll know what you're talking about. It's cool. Frylock Okay, we'll pass that on. Oglethrope: Danke. Emory: Hey, uh, do you know anything about crustacean enlarging or training? Oglethrope: Oh, forget it, Emory! Your pathetic fanged mouth has ruined my plans once again!

Bigger != More Meat (2)

a_big_favor (2550262) | about a year ago | (#43392025)

For crab lovers, bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better. Carbon-absorbing crabs put all their energy into upgrading shells, not flesh — like a mansion without much furniture. So diners might be disappointed years from now when they crack open huge crabs and find little meat.

CRAB BATTLE! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43392029)

Stop saying that.

Acid seas (1)

Culture20 (968837) | about a year ago | (#43392043)

I thought the carbonated water was supposed to eat their shells and kill them dead. I guess the giant crabs and sea scorpions of the Dino ages had the same aquasphere...

Giant crabs? (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about a year ago | (#43392053)

What next? Jumbo shrimp?

Let's ban carbon emissions (1)

lolococo (574827) | about a year ago | (#43392101)

Think of the oysters!
Let's henceforth push forward the POOPA (Poor Old Oysters Protection Act).

Other causes ? Hormones? (1)

redelm (54142) | about a year ago | (#43392103)

Before jumping at a "post hoc, ergo propter hoc" fallacy, how have other possible causes been eliminated?

There are a lot of new nasties in agricultural- and municipal wastewaters the mudbugs like living in.

Various growth hormones, for one, might be expected to have some effect, as might antibiotics and other drugs. For all we know, BPA might be good for crustaceans.

Swear I've seen this before... (4, Informative)

dragon-file (2241656) | about a year ago | (#43392139)

Oh now I remember. This happened in a Dr. Who episode.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gridlock_%28Doctor_Who%29

Re:Swear I've seen this before... (1)

The Grim Reefer (1162755) | about a year ago | (#43392479)

Oh now I remember. This happened in a Dr. Who episode.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gridlock_%28Doctor_Who%29

It happened in The Macra Terror [wikipedia.org] episode long before that.

Re:Swear I've seen this before... (2)

dragon-file (2241656) | about a year ago | (#43392691)

It happened in The Macra Terror [wikipedia.org] episode long before that.

Yeah, but "Gridlock" specifically had the Macra feeding off the smog from all the cars. Its a far better example.

Walk like crab, fat like people (1)

davidwr (791652) | about a year ago | (#43392151)

FAT Crab People [wikipedia.org] .

Is it just crabs or (1)

kilodelta (843627) | about a year ago | (#43392215)

Other crustaceans too? I'd love me some giant shrimp or lobster!

If you actually read the article (5, Informative)

turkeyfish (950384) | about a year ago | (#43392229)

The title is a total misreading of the results and yet one more example of a journalist, who is so incapable of understanding science that they get it completely bass akward.

Crabs are getting any bigger or "super-sized" rather ocean acidification confuses crab foraging behavior. Consequently, in Chesapeake Bay, where there are efforts to conserve oysters and thus clean the bay and increase oyster production, more oysters means more crabs under high carbon regimes.

The moral of the story is not that global warming will somehow give us giant crabs, but rather that with ocean acidification, oysters and those who cultivate them may be at a disadvantage because it takes spat much longer to grow, even though they obtain a slight advantage in that their crab predators can be become confused with increasing ocean acidification.

None of this is particular good news, since there is a upper limit as to how much extra carbon dioxide both oysters and crabs can tolerate and still produce their shells. Most don't realize it, but this problem is also true for fish, who must calcify their bones in order to grow and mature. With significant ocean acidification that means less and less fish, which is not good for humans, since we obtain about 50% of our protein from the ocean. The problem with ocean acidification is that unlike carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, where the cycle turns over about once every thirty years, natural pH changes needed to counteract human induced pH lowering only takes place over 100,000's or millions of years. So once we get there, we are more or less permanently there. Not to bright a prospect for mankind.

Most Dangerous Catch 2020: (1)

Hartree (191324) | about a year ago | (#43392271)

Sig Hansen has to replace the Northwestern with an Arleigh Burke class destroyer.

Good for the future... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43392275)

The Mole People will have something to eat.

ANYONE bother to read the original science paper ? (1)

cinnamon colbert (732724) | about a year ago | (#43392445)

if you had, you would see this is , sadly, all to typical of mainstream journalism - totally un warranted sensationalizim of a modest, very modest, scientific finding.
The idea that the paper in geology
http://www.unc.edu/~jries/Ries_et_al_09_Geology_Mixed_Responses_to_Ocean_Acidification_full.pdf [unc.edu]
has anyting to do with supersized blue crabs is total BS

really sad: don't any of you people bother to read ???
don't any of you people bother to check sources >??????

oh, wait, this is slashdot

Re:ANYONE bother to read the original science pape (1)

AvitarX (172628) | about a year ago | (#43392663)

It's /., so someone always reads it for me.

Macra (1)

Arancaytar (966377) | about a year ago | (#43392499)

This was a Doctor Who story!

I'm going to do my part this week (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | about a year ago | (#43392507)

I'm going to restore the balance to the for...I mean carbon table by hitting up Joe's Crab Shack.

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increasing carbon emissions? (1)

nimbius (983462) | about a year ago | (#43392645)

why not zoidberg?

I hope McCormick can cope! (1)

timothy (36799) | about a year ago | (#43392737)

They might need to run more shifts on the Old Bay conveyor belt.

I would like (quite seriously, not black humor) to know whether these larger crabs taste as good as the smaller ones. Bigger crabs would mean more crab meat volume compared to the work of shelling them. The shelling is fun, but it's also tedious and can be hard on the fingers. And the best thing about a cut incurred at a Maryland style crab feast is the way that particles of pepper, celery salt, paprika, etc, are embedded in the wound.

timothy

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