What’s with all the dead crabs floating in the Merrimack River estuary in Mass, USA?

There are lots of dead crabs floating in the Merrimack River estuary, near Plum Island and Newburyport, Massachusetts. It doesn’t look like the birds are eating them, even though they’re eating fish. I spotted all these dead crabs from a kayak at high tide.

Does anybody know what’s going on?

3 thoughts on “What’s with all the dead crabs floating in the Merrimack River estuary in Mass, USA?

  1. Richard Fitzwell (call me Dick) Post author

    a lot of air-born chemicals from the oil spill in the gulf of mexico have traveled as far as canada and get deposited. i live by the fingerlakes and im seeing a lot more young dead fish and there is a thin oily film over the water o_O

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