Seabirds, whales and dolphins aren’t offshore wind’s only victims – crabs are being mesmerised by the electromagnetic fields produced by the power cables that connect turbines to each other and to the grid.
A scientific study has found that the magnetic fields generated by these cables attract crabs that then remain in place, fixated on the magnetic field, effectively immobilising them.
For a creature that needs to move over large distances over the seafloor to feed and breed, offshore wind farms may well amount to a death sentence for an entire species, over the longer term. And the loss of a tasty protein source won’t just disappoint diners, it could also spell the death knell for crab fishers around Britain’s coasts.
Jonathan Chadwick reports on just the latest victim of so-called ‘green’ energy.
Underwater power cables are ‘mesmerising’ brown crabs and causing biological changes that could affect their migration habits…
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