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GMAT - Critical Reasoning - Critical Reasoning - Weaken the argument

During the month of May, crabs arrive on Delaware's beaches to lay eggs.

During the month of May, crabs arrive on Delaware's beaches to lay eggs. Certain shorebirds depend on these eggs for food during their annual spring migration to their northern breeding grounds. Delaware's crab population has declined recently. This decline, however, poses no serious threat to the migrating shorebird populations: by remaining longer in Delaware, the birds will be able to eat enough crab eggs to allow them to complete their migration.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

A. No other food available to the birds on Delaware's beaches is as nutritious and accessible as are crab eggs.
B. The decline in the number of crabs on Delaware's beaches is due to the harvesting of crabs by humans.
C. There are more crabs on Delaware's beaches than in any other area that the migrating birds pass through.
D. The crabs do not conceal their eggs.
E. The earlier in the season the shorebirds complete their migration, the more likely they are to breed successfully.        

The conclusion of the passage is that the decline of the crabs poses no serious threat to the migrating shorebird populations. So we need to select an answer choice that weakens this conclusion. Answer choice A is irrelevant as it talks about their food and not the threat. Answer choice B and C state something that is not really impacting the birds' migration. Answer choice D is irrelevant to the conclusion. Answer choice E is correct. Because the decline in their food source will result in the birds staying longer to feed, which will then cut down on their breeding time.