In what appears to be an unprecedented die off, hundreds of diamondback terrapins have washed ashore on Eastern Long Island. The cause is believed to be extremely high concentrations of saxitoxin, a biotoxin produced by algae. The chairman of the biology department at Hofstra University, Dr. Russell Burke (who is also an LIHS member), has stated that it may take decades for the terrapin population to recover. More here.
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