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Some Effects of Hurricanes on the Terrestrial Biota, With Special Reference to Camille

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There have been very few articles concerning the effects of hurricanes upon marine and shore organisms. Some effects on fishes have been described by Hubbs (1962) and in that paper he reviewed some of the previous references.

Information on animals killed or injured by hurricanes is scarce because potential observers in areas where they strike are generally more concerned with practical personal matters than biological studies right after a bad storm. The senior author has been in or very close to seven West India hurricanes as they came ashore. Each time he was somewhat forewarned and had determined to make some type of quantitative appraisal of killed animals following these storms. However, on no occasion has this been done. Nevertheless, the two writers have collected some fragmentary information worth recording.

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