Sea Legs

Sea Legs Photo

Not too far from the Big Apple's bustling sidewalks, horseshoe crabs, with their five pairs of legs, are busy burrowing beneath the seafloor. In summer, these arthropods from the Paleozoic Era breed, and females lay tens of thousands of eggs each along the Eastern Seaboard. The eggs are not just crucial for boosting declining crab populations. They also serve as little packets of energy for migratory birds in need of a snack as they wing their way along the Atlantic flyway.

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Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

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