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#98 :: Carapace

May 18, 2004

The grill-work of a large crab is a freakish wonder of bioengineering – burly as the Maginot Line, and baroquely bristly as an Antonio Gaudi cathedral. Built to withstand rock-crushing tides and predatory attacks while allowing for exploration of environment and the capture, disassembly and ingestion of prey, it is a perfect machine. Until disease or mishap caught up with it, this fat bastard was as big through the body as Shaquille O’Neal’s fist. Parts of it littered the beach, as though a massive submarine had exploded and sunk offshore, scattering flotsam to the waves. Knuckles were everywhere.

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