Saturday, June 9, 2012

Their Worlds Were Turned Updside Down - Horseshoe Crabs, That Is

Horseshoe Crabs
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Poster penfan2010 posted on about some "bizarre beach behavior," experienced on a morning walk. Shot with an Olympus EPL1 and Olympus 17mm f2.8 lens, the pictures show horseshoe crabs (bizarre enough on their own), lying on their backs on the beach.

(Click Here) for the whole story, including a closeup of the nice sand pattern made by the one in lower central in the image above.

It turns out that horseshoe crabs come ashore in multitudes in late May, early June (at least along the US East Coast) to breed. These are the unlucky ones that got flipped over in the process. The night before must have been quite a sight!

If you're interested in these creatures, or others that have remained relatively unchanged for a very long time, you may like the book I link to below (at Amazon, of course). It just so happens I am about halfway through that book myself, right now. Horseshoe crabs, or creatures that look very much like them, have been around for hundreds of millions of years.