Wednesday, November 13, 2013

NATURE NOTES

At the beach a little while ago I came across the shell of an old Horseshoe crab.   I suspect its demise was caused by the owner of the foot prints in the sand.



  • Horseshoe crabs are marine anthropods of the family Limulidae and order Xiphosura or Xiphosurida that live primarily in and around shallow waters on soft sandy or muddy bottoms.  If you want to find out more about it you can click here.

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    28 comments:

    Annie said...

    These creature are so mysterious to me. They look ancient and rare,

    Carole M. said...

    oh, I'd never seen one before this

    Linda said...

    Great find and photo, Denise. I have yet to see one myself and I find them fascinating.

    Our photos said...

    You have make a beautiful photo!
    Greetings, RW & SK

    Maria said...

    I love these; they're so prehistoric!

    Elephant's Child said...

    How fascinating. I don't think we have them - and that shell looks as if it should be a fossil rather than something from the here and now.

    Margaret Adamson said...

    HI I don't think I have ever seen that before. Great shot.

    Cezar and Léia said...

    Very artistic composition dear Denise, you are very creative!
    Léia

    eileeninmd said...

    They are amazing critters. I enjoy seeing they lay their eggs on the shore in the spring. Great shot.

    Valerie said...

    Never heard of a horseshoe crab but I can see how it got the name. Nice shot of that and the footprints.

    (Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

    Such a strange but cute crusty critter.

    Debbie said...

    ooohhhh a "beach" day, it made me smile!!

    we see these all the time at the jersey shore!!

    Adam said...

    I actually find those rather creepy

    they are also one of the few animals considered a "living fossil" meaning the species has changed little to none over a long period of time.

    Out on the prairie said...

    Seems like they use these for crab bait or something with fishing.they are very primitive

    jabblog said...

    Whatever consumed it made a very neat job of it.

    TexWisGirl said...

    very cool. i know they are key to some shorebirds survival.

    Kerri Farley said...

    COOL Capture!

    Don Wood said...

    naughty gulls, they have to eat as well. The trouble of being at the bottom of the food chain is you are FOOD for everything.

    Karen said...

    Looks like someone had a nice snack! A great shot!

    Tiggeriffic said...

    When I go and visit my sister that lives in South Carolina we always take a couple days and go to Huntington Beach and stay,,,so we can enjoy the ocean..I love the ocean.. I collected some of these horseshoe crabs and brought them back to Iowa to show grandchildren and school children.. I volunteer at a local school 2 days a week.. The kids always ooooh and awwww.. they are so cool to look at and touch..
    Have a blessed day~! ta ta for now from Iowa:)

    schmidleysscribblins.com said...

    Living fossils and an important food for migrating birds. We found many of them on the Delaware and Jersey beaches. Dianne

    Gert Jan Hermus said...

    Very nice! Great eye!

    Many greetings from the Netherlands,
    dzjiedzjee.blogspot.com

    Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

    And the perpetrator of the crime wasn't even careful not to leave footprints ;>)...

    Nice picture -- on the beach you can often see as much looking down as looking out!

    Janie said...

    You were observant to find the carcass and come up with an explanation, Denise. Great info on the horseshoe crab.

    Indrani said...

    Wow! That is a great find!
    Yours is the top comment at my frozen moments. :)

    Rambling Woods said...

    What an interesting creature Denise..... Michelle

    Kay said...

    They really look so prehistoric. I remember having one of those shells in our attic for such a long time. My son loved looking at it.

    Linda Gross said...

    Neat find; good composition of picture.