Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Major advance in study of blue crab disease!

Scientists at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science recently succeeded in growing the blue crab disease Hematodinium through its entire life cycle. The disease is a known cause of crab dieoffs, especially in places along the coast with salty water. This accomplishment will significantly improve scientists' ability to determine how Hematodinium affects blue crab populations. Read the full article here at Science Daily (click here).

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

New header photo!

In an effort to improve the look of the blog I added this fun new header photo. I took the photo last summer while kayaking in College Creek in Annapolis. This crab appeared to have molted on the branch during high tide as the shell was intact, empty, and split open at the back of the carapace. My wife, in the kayak in the background, can vouch for the fact that this was not a staged photo. Hope you like the new look!