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Maryland Blue Crab Invades Spanish Mediterranean

Posted: Apr 3, 2019 7:32 PM
By News Staff


(TRAPPE, Md.) - A beloved species from the Chesapeake Bay has become a major problem halfway across the world.  
 
It's Maryland's Blue Crab. Scientists with the University of Alicante in Spain says the "alien" species has become invasive in the Ebro Delta in the Spanish Mediterranean.
 
Scientists say there are no known predators of the blue crab in the area and that there's little knowledge on how else they can stop them from spreading.
 
Meanwhile people on the shore are getting a good laugh. "We're going to have to go to Spain I guess," says owner of T.L. Morris Seafood, Josh Parker. "Take some Old Bay with us, some J.O."     
 
Scientists believe the crab likely hitched a ride on some cargo ships, before ending up in the Spanish Mediterranean. Scientists also say they don't know the impact the blue crab will have on the eco-system there. 
 
 
 



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