03 September 2010

An encounter with a horseshoe crab

We came upon a live horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus) stranded on the beach last week on Assateague Island. It had gotten stuck in the sand sideways and could not right itself up. The crab was lucky that birds or kids had not yet noticed its legs flailing in the air hopelessly.


After I turned it over, it started crawling awkwardly with its multiple appendages leaving behind shallow scratch marks in the sand.


At the rate it was travelling it would have taken the crab quite some time to reach the safety of the water. So I decided to interfere. After posing with it for a few shots, I released it in the surf. It didn't resurface.

5 comments:

Deniz Bevan said...

Ha ha! You've interfered! The world will never be the same again...

forestwalk/laura k said...

that horseshoe crab was lucky you came along when you did...

it prob would not have taken very long for the birds to find it...

nice post.... :)

AYDIN ÖRSTAN said...

Perhaps my rescue operation was part of the Grand Plan.

forestwalk/laura k said...

yes!! for sure!
if not for your rescue...that horseshoe crab would have NO Grand Plan!
long live the horseshoe crab! :)

Kazimir Majorinc said...

Doing that way, humans will eventually transform the world into better place.