Have you seen a horseshoe crab?

Have you gone to the beach yet this summer? Well I did jut a week ago for five days. We saw a lot of beautiful shells. We also saw 7 horseshoe crabs! After we left Charleston I decided to do some research on them.

The first horseshoe crab I found I flipped over. It has little legs underneath the shell. Horseshoe crabs are not dangerous but handle them gently if you find one. You may have heard that the horseshoe crab may hurt you with its tail but it is only used as a rudder to guide the crab through mud. It has two visible eyes on the top of its head (my sister said that she saw it blink); it can only see three feet away.In the 1900s horseshoe crabs were used as fertilizer after they had been dried. I read that the Red Knot bird is a main predator to the eggs. However this bird may become extinct. The predators of the adults are mainly sharks, large sea birds and large fish. Horseshoe crabs are actually not crabs, they are related to the sea-spider. There mouth is underneath their shell in the center of its ten legs.

I am thankful that I was able to see so many of these interesting animals! If you have any questions let me know, I also would love to know if you have ever seen a horseshoe crab!