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Bizarre Beach Behavior

Discussion in 'Nature' started by penfan2010, May 13, 2012.

  1. penfan2010

    penfan2010 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 12, 2010
    NJ, USA
    Took an early morning walk on the beach with my wife and boys for Mother's Day today; we came upon a whole bunch of horseshoe crabs lying on their backs, tails up in the air. They all appeared alive, and the few we turned over crawled back into the water. Need to research the cause for this odd behavior... All with E-PL1 and Oly 17mm.
     
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  2. Spuff

    Spuff Mu-43 Top Veteran

    652
    Dec 5, 2010
    Berkshire, UK.
    I guess they had to perform a quirkafleeg.:rolleyes:

    http://www.horseshoecrab.org/act/flipem.html
    'Our Just flip 'em! program is designed to bring attention to the hundreds of thousands of horseshoe crabs (Limulus polyphemus) who die each year from stranding (stuck upside down) during their yearly spawning ritual'

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A53446-2002May21_2.html
    'But midnight it was as we walked along the beach. I spent most of my time turning upended crabs back over. Hall directed some back toward the water. "C'mon, lady of the night, you'll find your way," he coached them. "When you see them try to right themselves, you wonder how they survived 300 million years."'
     
  3. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
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  4. penfan2010

    penfan2010 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 12, 2010
    NJ, USA