Friday, August 20, 2010

European shrimp found in Mass. waters

Yesterday afternoon, over the State House News Service wire, there was a little story about how Massachusetts officials with the help of MIT have discovered the first European shrimp to appear in North American waters.
SHNS is subscription only and don't have the link (readers probably wouldn't be able to open it) but I find this completely fascinating.
According to the story, researchers are inspecting docks and shores all over the state, taking an inventory of all the marine species. Officials are calling the shrimp a "new non-native invasive species" and believe that global shipping lanes are spreading the species around the world.
Imagine for a second that the shrimp has held onto the boat for that long, to go from say England to Massachusetts. Crazy.

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