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A strange bunch of deads

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As we walked the high tide line in Wellfleet, we couldn't help notice the large number of dead horseshoe crabs. At first I assumed some had to be molted shells of growing animals. But no, every crab I encountered was a full carcass.


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It's interesting to be able to examine the full still bodies of these large arthropods, but I am still wondering why there were so many dead ones.

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We also encountered the bodies of several dead ducks, specifically male common eiders.

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This one is transitional plumage.

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What secrets would they tell us if they could?

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weofodthignen
Jun. 27th, 2016 02:08 am (UTC)
How sad :-(
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