Sometimes the groups are tossed around as a group in the surf.
The creatures are so odd looking with their tank-like shell and spikey tail….and the leggy creature under the shell.
Sometimes they are legs-up in the sand and use their tails to turn themselves over!
The crabs sometimes get high up on the beach behind rocks…tangled with other crabs. Hopefully they will find their way out and back to the sea or over to the beach to find mates.
They are awkward on land and at the edge of the sea.
But more maneuverable than I expected. I took a series of pictures that shows a horseshoe crab making tracks heading back to sea.
In general – the older the crabs, the more barnacles. Evidently the barnacles are not just on the top of the shell either.
Some of the crabs were dug into the sand until the next high tide…and some had been tagged.
Tomorrow I’ll post about the birds we saw at Cook’s Beach…enjoying a feast of horseshoe crab eggs before continuing their migration.