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INewImagen 2013 John Tanacredi, an environmental sciences professor at Molloy College on Long Island, N.Y., received a call from a friend who worked at nearby John F. Kennedy International Airport. “You’ve got to see this,” he told Tanacredi, and sent him a photo of a cargo container filled with 600 dead horseshoe crabs. It was mid-July, and airport officials had opened the container because of a rotting stench.

Image: Horseshoe crabs along the Delaware Bay emerge in June from the water at high tide, in order to spawn. Credit: Caren Chesler