Hey, there! Log in / Register

Horseshoe crabs aren't known as fresh-water creatures

Horseshoe crab at Jamaica Pond

So, as Vostradamus asks, how did one (granted, very dead) wind up on the shore of Jamaica Pond?

Neighborhoods: 

Ad:
Like the job UHub is doing? Consider a contribution. Thanks!

Comments

Bird dropped it.

up
Voting closed 38

...possibly an osprey decided it was too heavy, or not worth the effort of breaking into?

up
Voting closed 31

I don't think there are horseshoe crabs in Boston harbor.

up
Voting closed 26

Yes, there absolutely are horseshoe crabs all up and down the East Coast.

up
Voting closed 46

Plenty of them around.

up
Voting closed 28

with live Horseshoe Crabs was at a Boy Scout Jamboree on one of the Harbor Islands in the 1970s. Very prehistoric looking creatures in the wild.

up
Voting closed 27

.

up
Voting closed 35

two swallows were carrying it and the strand of creeper broke.

they left it and went to find a coconut instead.

up
Voting closed 53

African or European?

up
Voting closed 37

It would have to be African. It could grasp it by its husk (if it had one).

Now go away you silly English kniggot before I taunt you a second time...

up
Voting closed 32

Did it have legs and a body inside, or just the armor? If it was just the shell, a kid might have dumped it there after a trip to the cape. If it had a body inside it would have stunk too much to bring home in a car.

up
Voting closed 27

It was a complete, stinky specimen.

up
Voting closed 17

Maybe it was scouting a parcel for another life-sciences development proposal.

up
Voting closed 52

You joke, but Horseshoe crabs are very useful in all kinds of biological/scientific research, including in regards to a vaccine for a virus you may or may not have heard of...

... so if these critters want to join the life-science boom, I say let them crawl (slowly) to the front of the line!

up
Voting closed 31

Yes, I am aware of their usefulness in research. That's why I made the joke.

up
Voting closed 58

Horseshoe crabs have blue blood, so it probably wandered over from Beacon Hill.

up
Voting closed 39

I saw it early in the am the morning it appeared. That small stretch of the pond smelled awful. There are a pink bucket with a yellow shovel next to it. It looked like someone had dumped it from the beach

up
Voting closed 32

Someone released a pet.

up
Voting closed 29

Possible first attempt of the saltwater horseshoe crab crossing over to freshwater! Drat. Unsuccessful!

up
Voting closed 30

Except for all the fish that spawn in fresh water.

up
Voting closed 25

Changed it up, eh?

up
Voting closed 11

This proves all science is wrong lolz omgomg yoloooo

up
Voting closed 26

A hole in a horse show crab? Spare me the details

up
Voting closed 9

Kids play at science and vivisection and experiments with live creatures suddenly placed into different habitats.

Normal human behavior. Some grow out of it, some focus on it and become expert at it.

When our turn comes, who knows?

up
Voting closed 14

A misplaced part of the latest limulus package?

up
Voting closed 12