Giant Red Crabs in Antarctica Spell Doom for Our Planet

king crabFile this one under "Yet another horrible environmental disaster we've caused that sounds like a campy horror flick from the 1950s" (mysterious orange goo, anyone?). Apparently giant red crabs are invading the edge of the Antarctic (otherwise known as the Antarctic abyss), vanquishing ecosystems that took literally millions of years to build. And guess what's to blame?

That's right! Global warming, of course. In other words, yes, it's all our fault.


The creepy creatures are about 1 meter (or approximately 39 inches) wide and are colonizing the ocean floor off the Antarctic peninsula in typically aggressive scary alien fashion. Scientists are far from surprised, having three years ago predicted a King Crab invasion within the next hundred years.

Um, does it scare the bejeezus out of anybody else that they said this would happen sometime in the next century and it's already happening?? Seriously?

Scarier still that this is just the latest in a decades-long string of bizarro environmental fails. I was curious, so I did a little research on the topic and yikes! Ever heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? The Chernobyl Zone of Alienation? How 'bout the Gates of Hell in Turkmenistan? Honestly, I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried.

And then there are all the crazy cases of animal mutation to consider. Reportedly, the number of genetic deformities in animals has almost tripled in recent years. (I'm warning you, only click that link if you have an extremely strong stomach. All I'm gonna say is Cyclops Kitten, okay? And these pics are real, not photoshopped. Unfortunately. It took me awhile to clarify that, by the way, so if you have any tips for getting rid of the nightmares that are sure to plague me in the coming weeks, let me know.)

Anyway, the king crabs taking over the Antarctic aren't scary-looking, but because of the unwelcome environmental change they represent, they are pretty damn scary.

Does the giant red crab invasion make you worry about the future of our planet?


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