Photo of the Day #855: Horseshoe crab

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A horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus), photographed at Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware.


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Such beautiful animals. I was at the shore last autumn and was trying to get one washed ashore back into the ocean (a bit timidly, it was later I learned that they are pretty much harmless) and was simply amazed at their anatomy. It is interesting how the species has remained evolutionary stable for so long.