BOSTON (AP) -- A new strain of a corrosive and fast-spreading bacteria is disfiguring lobsters from southern Cape Cod to Rhode Island.
The shell-eating bacteria does not affect the quality of the meat, but leaves lobster shells pitted, cracked and discolored, making the crustaceans a hard sell.
"If you saw this thing sitting in a tank, looking like it was hit by a blowtorch, you're not going to buy it," said Bruce Estrella, a biologist at the Massachusetts Department of Marine Fisheries.
Lobstermen fear the disease is affecting reproduction and weakening lobsters, making them more vulnerable to predators.
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