Lagoon Minute - Horseshoe Crabs

Aug 8, 2019


The Horseshoe Crab is the oldest creature in the Lagoon. Horseshoe crabs are not true crabs at all, they are actually more like spiders.

As a species they are 450 million years old, older than the dinosaurs.

They look like small tanks with tails, with ten eyes and ten legs concealed under an exoskeleton. They crush their food between their legs. 

They are important players in the Lagoon web of life.  They eat algae, clams, and crustaceans and provide food for shorebirds, sea turtles and sharks. They not only play a key role in nature but are important to humans as well. 

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