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Mating Pair

Blue crabs can only mate when females are soft after a molt. A male will guard a female that is close to molting.


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Pyrodinium bahamense, an HAB organism that blooms each summer in Tampa Bay and Indian River Lagoon, chemically lights up to glow in the dark. This is called bioluminescence.

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