Very angry crabs invading Maine

You read that right. From 538 Significant Digits:

2 to 3 percent of green crabs

Some very angry crabs are coming down from Canada, destroying clams and native grass, and generally just bollixing up the whole marine ecosystem in Maine. They’re the same species as Maine’s normal and relatively friendly crabs, but these interloping Canadian crabs favor fighting stances and waved pincers, and they can jump out of the water to attack. They make up only 2 or 3 percent of the crabs off of Maine right now, but a professor who studies such things said those numbers are certain to grow. [The Associated Press]

Since I’ve been spending a hell of a lot of time on Twitter, with a break for Rachel Maddow, I know what those crabs are after: Susan Collins. (They’re female crabs.)

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