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Attack of the Cannibal Lobsters

climate change is affecting lobster behavior in Maine

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Sunday, July 28, 2013/Categories: natural history, environment

Marine studies at the University of Maine conducted by biology graduate student, Noah Oppenheim, has observed cannibalization in lobsters for the first time. The research is still preliminary but indications are that warmer ocean temperatures due to climate change may be responsible. Increased lobster demand combined with low prices for fisherman, and now attacks by cannibal lobsters to contend with, could cause havoc to this seafood industry trying to manage their harvests sustainably.

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