|Ocean City NJ – Horseshoe Crabs|
Recently, I was surprised to see Horseshoe Crabs on a tiny, pebbly beach along the back bay in Ocean City. Most times, these ancient sea creatures select beaches along the Delaware Bay for their yearly mating and egg-laying ritual.
What attracted my attention as I took my morning walk, was a raucous group of seabirds frenetically scrambling around at the edge of a small sandy area along the bayfront.
“What could they be doing?” I wondered, “what are they so excited about?”
And then I realized what was going on. A few Horseshoe Crabs had lumbered onto that small patch of shoreline and were trying to lay eggs. To the birds, it was a gourmet breakfast. I hope some of the eggs survived though, because these crabs are a unique and important species. They were featured in a brief video on CBS Sunday Morning in their natural habitat.