Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Atlantic Horseshoe Crab



Into shallow water in late spring 
adults migrate and lay greenish 

eggs in the upper intertidal zone. Sand colored.
Young move into deeper water gradually where they grow older and 

darker, horseshoe crabs can swim, but awkwardly 
and most of their time is spent rummaging
in the muck. Their main food: 
the mollusks and worms. 

They were once harvested, 
and some are still taken to be chopped up for lobster bait despite their armament of spines,

sharp tail spike, and wriggling clawed feet 
horseshoe crabs are harmless.

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