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Cape Cod's namesake fish population rapidly disappearing
Cape Cod's namesake fish population rapidly disappearing

There aren't enough cod left on Cape Cod. That soon becomes evident to the tourists crowding an observation deck to watch fishermen unload their boats in this picturesque harbor sheltered from the ocean by sandy dunes. Today's catch: pounds of skate, a fish that looks like a sting ray until fishermen catch it, when they cut off its wings and throw the body back into the water. The skate wings, white triangular pieces of flesh trailed by streams of blood, slide down ramps onto the loading dock. "Eeeewww," says 5-year-old Felix Haight. "It looks like raspberry jelly," he adds, as his mother wrinkles her nose. The next boat brings in dogfish, which looks...

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