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Horseshoe crab spawning on a Spring high tide in the Delaware Bay. For 500 million years on spring high tide thousands of crabs have been crowding beaches all over the world. Civilizations rose and fell, climates changed, dinosaurs emerged and went extinct, but the crabs were still there, precise like a clock. Now horseshoe crab populations are declining, perhaps due to overfishing for bait.

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Konstantin Khrapko on December 9, 2010

Horseshoe crab spawning. Early summer on highest tide days in the Delaware Bay thousands of crabs crowd beaches at night (the weather has to be calm, too).

jaanoz on December 20, 2010

Great capture ! Like number 1 ! Best regards Jaanoz

Ryszard Kałużny on January 2, 2011


Puch on January 11, 2011

Интересный процесс...

Angelofruhr on January 21, 2011

Hi Konstantin - I think you should give a title to this pic!!

At my first look in your gallery I thought, there are some grey stones on a beach and I didn't open it. This time I thought - hm, might be turtles?? And when I opened it ... I saw these crawling animals I never'd seen before... ;)))

Greetings, Angelika

Konstantin Khrapko on January 21, 2011

Angelika, thank you for the suggestion. How does it sound now? Amazingly, this has been happening for about half billion years... The the dinosaurs rose and fell, the continents moved and sank, and these crabs kept gathering every spring at hide tide as if non of that mattered to them... Cheers

Angelofruhr on January 21, 2011

Much better, Konstantin! ;)

Yes they look like prehistoric creatures...somehow unearthly!

Greetings, Angelika

thor@odin™ on February 14, 2011

Like a tale from the past...very special indeed! Best wishes, Peter

Natmara on March 17, 2011

How many funny animals are living on earth? Best regards to you Konstantin from a French one. ;-)

diego_cue on October 18, 2011

wow, great shot and very interesting information! Greetings from Spain, diego

qui.moi on November 29, 2011

симпатичные они!!!!!

David Deng on February 4, 2012


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Photo details

  • Uploaded on December 7, 2010
  • Attribution-No Derivative Works
    by Konstantin Khrapko
    • Camera: Panasonic DMC-GH1
    • Taken on 2010/05/29 11:02:02
    • Exposure: 0.040s (1/25)
    • Focal Length: 32.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO1000
    • Exposure Bias: 0.33 EV
    • Flash fired