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The Little Lobster That Reveals Climate

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Pelagic red crabs are actually lobsters - and that’s not even the weirdest thing about them! They sometimes wash up on shore in droves, signaling large scale climate events like El Niños and serving as a warning to marine biologists of our changing climate.

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https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/upwelling.html
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