Tail of the One-Crustacean Town

It's another perfect day in Dongara, a small town tucked away behind a row of rippled sand dunes on Australia's windswept west coast. The sky is a dazzling blue, the air unusually still, and ankle-high waves gently lap the brilliant white sands that surround this sleepy hamlet of a few thousand people. But in Dongara—the self-proclaimed Lobster Capital of Australia—perfection can spell trouble. Lobsters, the locals say, loathe calm conditions. They like the sky to be dark, the seas rough and the coast clear of pleasure craft and leisure seekers. Only then do these crustaceans emerge from the shelter of the...

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