Horseshoe Crabs: The Real Blue Bloods Of The Hamptons, Vulnerable To Extinction - 27 East

Horseshoe Crabs: The Real Blue Bloods Of The Hamptons, Vulnerable To Extinction

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Mark Capappiello returns a tagged horseshoe crab to the water.

Mark Capappiello returns a tagged horseshoe crab to the water.

Horseshoe Crabs mating at Pikes Beach on May 24.  DANA SHAW

Horseshoe Crabs mating at Pikes Beach on May 24. DANA SHAW

Horseshoe Crabs mating at Pikes Beach on May 24.  DANA SHAW

Horseshoe Crabs mating at Pikes Beach on May 24. DANA SHAW

Horseshoe Crabs mating at Pikes Beach on May 24.  DANA SHAW

Horseshoe Crabs mating at Pikes Beach on May 24. DANA SHAW

Horseshoe Crabs mating at Pikes Beach on May 24.  DANA SHAW

Horseshoe Crabs mating at Pikes Beach on May 24. DANA SHAW

Horseshoe Crabs mating at Pikes Beach on May 24.  DANA SHAW

Horseshoe Crabs mating at Pikes Beach on May 24. DANA SHAW

Horseshoe Crabs mating at Pikes Beach on May 24.  DANA SHAW

Horseshoe Crabs mating at Pikes Beach on May 24. DANA SHAW

Horseshoe Crabs mating at Pikes Beach on May 24.  DANA SHAW

Horseshoe Crabs mating at Pikes Beach on May 24. DANA SHAW

Horseshoe crabs are gathered to be tagged at Pikes Beach on May 24.   DANA SHAW

Horseshoe crabs are gathered to be tagged at Pikes Beach on May 24. DANA SHAW

Horseshoe crabs are gathered to be tagged at Pikes Beach on May 24.   DANA SHAW

Horseshoe crabs are gathered to be tagged at Pikes Beach on May 24. DANA SHAW

Horseshoe Crabs mating at Pikes Beach on May 24.  DANA SHAW

Horseshoe Crabs mating at Pikes Beach on May 24. DANA SHAW

Volunteers, members of Cornell Cooperative Extension and the DEC tag horseshoe crabs at Pikes Beach.    DANA SHAW

Volunteers, members of Cornell Cooperative Extension and the DEC tag horseshoe crabs at Pikes Beach. DANA SHAW

Volunteers, members of Cornell Cooperative Extension and the DEC tag horseshoe crabs at Pikes Beach.    DANA SHAW

Volunteers, members of Cornell Cooperative Extension and the DEC tag horseshoe crabs at Pikes Beach. DANA SHAW

Volunteers, members of Cornell Cooperative Extension and the DEC tag horseshoe crabs at Pikes Beach.    DANA SHAW

Volunteers, members of Cornell Cooperative Extension and the DEC tag horseshoe crabs at Pikes Beach. DANA SHAW

Volunteers, members of Cornell Cooperative Extension and the DEC tag horseshoe crabs at Pikes Beach.    DANA SHAW

Volunteers, members of Cornell Cooperative Extension and the DEC tag horseshoe crabs at Pikes Beach. DANA SHAW

Shorebirds feast on horseshoe crab eggs after the mating frenzy.  DANA SHAW

Shorebirds feast on horseshoe crab eggs after the mating frenzy. DANA SHAW

Shorebirds fest on horseshoe crab eggs at Pikes Beach the day after  the mating frenzy.     DANA SHAW

Shorebirds fest on horseshoe crab eggs at Pikes Beach the day after the mating frenzy. DANA SHAW

Shorebirds feast on horseshoe crab eggs at Pikes Beach the day after  the mating frenzy.     DANA SHAW

Shorebirds feast on horseshoe crab eggs at Pikes Beach the day after the mating frenzy. DANA SHAW

Horseshoe crab eggs at Pikes Beach.  DANA SHAW

Horseshoe crab eggs at Pikes Beach. DANA SHAW

The horseshoe crab's shell can tell al lot about the age and health of the animal.  DANA SHAW

The horseshoe crab's shell can tell al lot about the age and health of the animal. DANA SHAW

Dr. Anthony Dellinger, President of Kepley BioSystems, inventor of OrganoBait.
Courtesy Kepley BioSystems

Dr. Anthony Dellinger, President of Kepley BioSystems, inventor of OrganoBait. Courtesy Kepley BioSystems

authorKitty Merrill on Jun 1, 2021
A serpentine path winds through the beachgrass, and volunteers — their feet bare or booted — traverse soft white sand. Cresting a small hill, they take in the view, gnats... more

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