Hunting for Horseshoe Crabs on a Milford Beach

Jun 18th, 2014 | By | Category: General

It’s mating season for Long Island Sound’s horseshoe crabs. Every year, a group of biologists from Sacred Heart University scour Connecticut’s beaches to track and tag these ancient creatures. I met up with one group in Milford, under a full moon at midnight, to learn more.

Here’s a quick primer on basic horseshoe crab biology. The animals are more closely related to spiders and scorpions than they are to crabs. They have ten eyes. Their tail is just a tail — it’s not a stinger — and they’ve been around for about 450 million years.

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