Cape Cod Online: When animals compete for the same prey, the victory usually goes to the strongest. While man may be the top predator on Earth, Chatham fishermen are finding out that status doesn’t carry much credibility when it comes to ducks.

Two years ago, shellfishermen were counting on a strong set of mussel seeds that had taken hold in Chatham Harbor. They only had to wait a few months until the mussels grew to legal size, but then, tens of thousands of eiders and other sea ducks swept in and wiped them out, said Chatham Shellfish Constable Renee Gagne.

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