15 September 2014 |

Beach Wildlife - Horseshoe Crab

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I was out in the surf trying to catch some bait with my cast net, when I noticed something much heavier than finger mullet in the net.  I gently dragged the net on shore and discovered a large horseshoe crab.  It's not too unusuall to see horseshoe crab shells that have washed up on the beach, but this is the first time I've seen a live one since I was out scalloping as a kid.  I never realize how spinny the shell of these crabs are, until I tried to get this one out of the cast net.  

This horeshoe crab seemed perfectly healthy and after a few pictures from beachgoers and some close inspections from curious children, I released him back into the surf, and he slowly disappeared.  

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