Monday, May 24, 2010

Horseshoe Crabs

Chuck asked about the crabs as a result of my post yesterday, and I thought I would share a few more images. The Horseshoe Crab is quite a unique species on the planet and has survived 250 million years! Imagine that and with no food for one year, they can still make it..truly one of natures most amazing, and ugly, I might add, beings. So yes every year at this time it is mating season, and it is truly an amazing event when thousands creep ashore on the full moon at the end of May, on the shores of the Delaware Bay. The other amazing benefit is the arrival of the migrating birds that feed on the green eggs; an amazing symbiotic relationship.  If you have never seen this spectacle, it is worth the trip, and I am hoping to meet a few friends this week to see the spectacle in full swing, at night as they emerge from the water.........These were a few early arrivals....

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