Wednesday, July 13, 2016
They're Back !!!!
The last few days we have been finding lots of those funny prehistoric looking horseshoe crabs washed up on the shore and this one in particular was HUGE !!!! Now the breeding season (which is when they wash up the most) for them here in Florida is Spring and Fall so it is a bit odd to see so many of washing up in the middle of Summer. We also noticed that this year there are hardly any turtle nests and we are wondering if it because it has been sooooo hot here in Florida (in the past 6 weeks it hasn't gone below 90 degrees) Now - just a bit of usless trivia for you all - did you know horseshoe crabs are not related to crabs at all and are in fact related to spiders and scorpions. People use to think their tails were dangerous but in fact they are simply used to help the crabs flip themselves over if they end up on their backs. http://myfwc.com/research/saltwater/crustaceans/horseshoe-crabs/facts/ Did you also know they have blue colored blood and it is used for medicinal purposes to assist in clotting blood - sadly this also led to huge decrease in their population? http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/how-horseshoe-crab-blood-saves-millions-lives Of coarse the thing we really love is that they smell so awesome after a day or two baking in the 90-100 degree sun - but for some reason Mom wouldn't let us roll on them - she is just no fun at all :) And just to make you all jelly - we thought we would share a pic of the beach today - it was so calm and we had it all to ourselves !!!!