"Oregon State University researcher John Chapman is knee-deep in mud and sinking deeper by the minute. The mudflat surrounding him in Newport’s Yaquina Bay is pocked with holes – some snaking down more than 6 feet underground.
These are the burrows of the burrowing mud shrimp.
“This is the last, biggest population in the world,” he said. “In San Francisco Bay, they’re extinct. In most of California, they’re extinct.”"