The oceans have been acting weird lately. While some sea creatures have boomed (octopuses), others have busted (humpback whales), and yet others literally melted into goo (starfish). Whether the causes are El Niño or the “Blob” or ultimately climate change, these events point to just how interconnected and poorly understood the ocean ecosystem is—how little of it observable by humans. A marine biologist who studies whales once likened finding a beached one to finding a specimen of a “space alien.” The sea is dark and full of mysteries.
Fans of sweet, meaty Dungeness crab are going to have to settle for the smaller Chesapeake blue crabs for now. California health authorities are warning everyone to stop eating Dungeness and rock crab for now after finding unsafe levels of a naturally-occurring neurotoxin in crabs caught along the Pacific coast between Santa Barbara and the Oregon border.