A Horseshoe Crab's Discarded Clothes

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Comments (8)

someGuyinmasset on September 20, 2008

Cool. And speaking of clothes, I guess we all have our exoskeletons in the closet.

Steve Paxton on September 20, 2008

made of rubber

Bits-n-Pieces on September 20, 2008

Actually, guy, I think these guys keep theirs in Davey Jones' Locker. And Steve - don't you have horseshoe crabs there? They're our living fossils! Very common but very strange critters! (or were you referring to the contents of your own wardrobe? neoprene!)

Steve Paxton on September 20, 2008

no we have nothing like this at all seen them on tv cool guys but i referring to your wardrobe we know whats in mine we got to get you out of the closest.

Bits-n-Pieces on September 21, 2008

Well, steve, I've already got one shot of my exo-skeleton posted, but here's another during my typical afternoon work-out.

Of course a fine exo-skeleton like this does take quite a bit of maintenance to stay in such top form! Here's my spa!

Jean Gregory Evans on September 21, 2008

You guys are nuts!

This is a great photo, and I have never seen this before in real life. I have watched these creatures on TV but have never seen this part like this! It IS Astonishing!

Thanks, Jean

Bits-n-Pieces on September 21, 2008

thanks, Jean! It is so funny the things we can take for granted and not realize they're restricted to just one's own part of the world! (Sort of like kangaroos and rainbow lorikeets in Oz, I guess!) I had no idea, but now have read that horseshoe crabs are only found in North America, on the eastern seaboard and Gulf of Mexico. In spring, there are special kayak trips up at Plum Island here just to be voyeurs to see them, well, ensuring there are more of the species. But when I went on one, I thought, yeah, big deal, they're all over the place down the Cape!

Also, in this beach shot I'd posted a few weeks ago, you can see the molts through out the seaweed. Those were all only about 4"-5" diameter - I guess that the molting time varies by age, and the bigger older ones like this one molt later.

If I don't get back to the Cape this fall, I'll get some live ones cruising through the bay, just like the moonsnail, next spring.

Jean Gregory Evans on September 21, 2008

That is a great beach! Maybe one day...

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  • Uploaded on September 20, 2008
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    by Bits-n-Pieces
    • Taken on 2008/09/17 17:35:07
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
    • Focal Length: 70.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.500
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: -0.33 EV
    • No flash