Why do crabs need license plates?

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So that scientists can track them. Scientists at the Smithsonian’s Environmental Research Center fit numbered tags to blue crabs so that they can better understand their migration and their role in our environment and in our economy.

Do you know why I pulled you over?

Questions come alive at the Smithsonian. Seriously amazing. 

Posted: 3 April 2013
About the Author:

Alex di Giovanni has been editing The Torch since August 2006. Prior to joining the Smithsonian, she worked as a writer and editor for the National Geographic Society, Plexus Scientific, The Nature Conservancy, The National Foreign Language Center and St. Martin’s Press, among others. She has the best job in the world.