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Burrowing Shrimp

OPB | July 26, 2007 1:30 p.m.

There may be as many as a billion burrowing shrimp in the 900 acres of tide flats at Yaquina Bay. But scientists studying the creature and the role it plays in tempering pollution believe that more than 50 percent of its population may be infected with a lethal parasite. The parasite, which may have arrived relatively recently in the holds of cargo ships from China, reduces the shrimp’s capacity for reproduction.

First Broadcast: 2005

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