Horseshoe crabs are spawning. Why it’s important we watch (and count)

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CHRIS FRANKLIN / NJ.COM – As the sun lowered itself below the Delaware Bay horizon on an unusually cool Monday night in June, a group of people, some dressed in colorful, unique waterproof boots, walked along the coastline of the Sunray Beach Preserve during high tide with their heads looking down in the water. The group, made up of volunteers throughout the region, was there to count horseshoe crabs, the prehistoric aquatic arthropod species that use the beaches to lay eggs and further its population.

Why are horseshoe crabs important?
Adrianna Zito-Livingston, a Conservation Projects Specialist for The Nature Conservancy’s New Jersey Chapter, says the counts are essential due to the horseshoe crab’s importance to other species in the area …

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