Wordless Wednesday: Horseshoe Crab

I went to visit my sis the park ranger in the Everglades over a spring break one year and was lucky enough to be allowed to do some “hurricane assessment” with her and 3 others while I was there.  It involved us going on a long boat ride down the coast, then jumping into the ocean and wading to a stunningly beautiful beach comprised entirely of shells and horseshoe crab exoskeletons:

horseshoe crab

Horseshoe crab, Limulus polyphemus

Horseshoe crabs are considered “living fossils” because they have changed very, very little in the last 250 million years.  Aren’t they magnificent?!

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6 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday: Horseshoe Crab

    • That experience ranks among my top 5 experiences in my life for sure. It was so incredible! The beach was so beautiful and the horseshoe crabs were everywhere, but the only people there were the 5 of us that were dropped onto the beach. I love doing anything with my sister, so that always makes for a good day. I also got to go on a really big Park Service speed boat to get there (I love boats!) and we went on a long tour through the Everglades mangroves on the way back. Great, great day!

  1. Thinking of your last wordless Wednesday of the molting roach, I suppose horseshoe crabs molt also? That really makes me wonder how they get out of that shell. Do you think these were shed by molting? It reminds me of a baby horseshoe crab exoskeleton I used to have in my lab that had a split right over the back where that vertical crease is in the picture above. Those external gills must be a complication.

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