Spring is here - Love is in the air (or the sea)

Spring is here - Love is in the air (or the sea)

It's the time of year I look forward to the most. Not because it's a huge part of my research, but because it is a spectacle that has been happening for over 350 million years. You know it's Spring when peculiar dinosaur-looking animals called horseshoe crabs, come up onto the shallow waters of beaches to do their "thing." It's the horseshoe crab mating season!

Read on to learn more about the horseshoe crab, their mating season, and why they are very important not only during the Spring but all year round!

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A true blue blood.

A true blue blood.

Who is a true blue blood, someone (in this case, something) who is noble and great?

Well, a horseshoe crab is! Other than actually having blue blood, these animals are pretty darn noble; existing for so long, having a unique physiology, and providing a service to man-kind.

Read more to learn about what makes the horseshoe crab a "true blue-blood" animal!

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"What's it like to dive in an estuary?"

"What's it like to dive in an estuary?"

The Great Bay Estuary in New Hampshire is one of the largest estuaries in the U.S. Atlantic Coast, encompassing over 25,000 acres of tidal waters and uplands. Even though New Hampshire has the shortest coastline of any state, those 18 miles increase to 150 miles of tidal shoreline when the Great Bay Estuary is included. 

So what is it like to dive in Great Bay Estuary? 

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Horseshoe Crab Snippet

Horseshoe Crab Snippet

Alien-like and creepy-looking as they seem, horseshoe crabs are simply amazing. They arent really crabs at all; they are actually related to spiders and scorpions. They are also the oldest and one of the most fascinating “living fossils” in the world. Horseshoe crabs have been around since the age of dinosaurs so what you see on the shorelines is an animal you would see if dinosaurs roamed the Earth.

Here’s a cool article about about a fossilized track and horseshoe crab found recently.
‘Death march’ of ancient horseshoe crab fossilized.

 

Credit to photo: Amanda Sherman

 

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