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Swarm of 25,000 bees takes over Gloucester shipyard

Swarm corraled by local beekeeper

Somebody shouted out a warning, and Viking Gustafson and her co-workers at the Marine Railways shipyard in Gloucester dove for cover as the swarm came buzzing out of a sheet of rain.

Gustafson, epinephrine pen in hand, watched from a safe distance as 25,000 honeybees, moving as one, took over the shipyard Wednesday afternoon. The 50-foot long, 25-foot wide swarm covered a corner of the yard before coagulating on a piece of scaffolding into a single, basketball-sized mass.

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