Horseshoe crabs mating,
Full moon orgy under stars
Horseshoe crabs occupy a unique cultural position. It is quite rare for an invertebrate to gain the kind of conservation support that the horseshoe crab has without being a direct food source to humans. 450 million years ago the first evidence of horseshoe crabs emerge from the fossil record and they remain largely unchanged, at least externally. Millions of years before the first flowers or the dinosaurs horseshoe crabs were doing their thing, surviving at least four mass extinction events in the process. Next time you see one flip it over, gently, and admire the body plan that has outlived countless thousands of others.