Tag Archive: horseshoe

In Search of Horseshoe Crabs

Back in the spring, I wrote an article about the natural history of this ancient animal. However, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is interested in the status of horseshoe crabs and they need to know locations where they are breeding – and Florida Sea Grant is trying to help. Horseshoe crabs breeding on …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/10/06/in-search-of-horseshoe-crabs/

An Ancient Mariner… the horseshoe crab

Talk about weird and cool at the same time! The horseshoe crab is one of the oldest living species we have in the Gulf of Mexico.  Fossils of this animal date back to almost 500 million years… this is before there was such a thing as fish!  The separating of Pangea, the rise and fall of …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/03/11/an-ancient-mariner-the-horseshoe-crab/

“Wanted” Sighting of Horseshoe Crabs!

These curious ancient animals have been roaming the waters of the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico for over 450 million years. Though they appear dangerous they are quite harmless and are actually more closely related to spiders and scorpions than crabs. Horseshoe crabs are not as common in Pensacola as they are in Panama City …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/04/10/wanted-sighting-of-horseshoe-crabs/

Looking Out for Horseshoe Crabs

Horseshoe crabs spawning.Credit: Bill Hall, Univ. Delaware Sea Grant Horseshoe crabs spawning on a beach.Credit: FL Fish & Wildlife Commission The female is the larger of the two horseshoe crabs.Credit: Fotosearch -Stock Photo Spring is here and that can only mean one thing, horseshoe crabs! That’s right it’s horseshoe crab survey time! Each spring the …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/04/19/looking-out-for-horseshoe-crabs/

Be on the lookout for horseshoe crabs

 Bill Mahan County Extension Director Franklin bmahan@ufl.edu   Spring is around the corner and that can only mean one thing, horseshoe crabs! That’s right it’s horseshoe crab survey time! Horseshoe crab blood looks blue. Photo Credits: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Each spring the scientists Florida Fish & Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) look for …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/02/29/be-on-the-lookout-for-horseshoe-crabs/