Horseshoe crabs visit estuaries up and down the east coast of North America to spawn.
Peak spawning activity is during the evening high tide during either a full moon or new moon.
Last year we joined a kayak trip in search of horseshoe crabs.
This year, we decided it would be much simpler to just drive to Sandy Point to look for them on foot.
We saw one crab swimming at the boat ramp.
Two crabs making their way toward a large group of crabs.
And finally, a rather large group of crabs.
Fun facts about horseshoe crabs:
- Their blood is blue
- They're a very primitive creature
- They do not bite or sting
- Their blood is used to test the purity of medicines
- Horseshoe crabs are not edible
- The American horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus) lives on the west coast of the Atlantic Ocean from Maine to the Yucatan
- Horseshoe crabs are not actually crabs. They are related to scorpions, ticks and spiders.