Monday, September 26, 2016

Large horseshoe crab seen on the beach yesterday.....tip of my shoe
Gull and pelicans
 shown for reference.
low tide on the intracoastal

  •  Horse shoe crabs are not true crabs, and are more closely related to terrestrial spiders than blue crabs.
  • Often called "living fossils," horseshoe crabs have existed for more than 300 million years.
  • Although their spikes and spines may look dangerous, horseshoe crabs are harmless.
  • Just like other arthropods, horseshoe crabs must molt to grow. They leave their old shells behind and grow a new, larger shell.

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