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Keep Eyes Peeled for Horseshoe Crabs

The sea creatures date back to the dinosaur days and they may be headed toward a similar fate.

Don't let its fierce looking shell deceive you. A horseshoe crab is harmless, and actually helpful in many ways.

Kim Cartes, Havana Elementary School Teacher, says, “The children were very excited they live during the dinosaur times and they love to touch them.”

From their fascinating figure, to their many medicinal uses, horseshoe crabs are in high demand. They have an antibacterial property in their blood, and the tough-looking shell is used to make contact lenses, skin creams, even hair sprays. But these crabs are getting more and more difficult to find.

Steve Shores, Beachgoer, says, “I've seen them here before their used to be a lot of them in this neck of the woods.

Dr. Anne Rudloe, Horseshoe Crab Expert, says, “They seem to be declining- only one species in the U.S. we have visitors coming from Europe wanting to see horseshoe crabs.

And biologists want to see them too. That's why they're asking the public to keep an eye out while walking along the shore. If you spot one, jot down the time and location. Your help could keep these 350-million year-old crabs alive and thriving on the gulf coast.

Biologists say the best beaches to spot horseshoe crabs are mashes sands and bald point in Wakulla County. If you see one please contact the Florida Marine Research Institute at 1-866-252-9326.


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