Horseshoe Crab: Biography of a Survivor

Horseshoe Crab: Biography of a Survivor

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Traveling from the Delaware Bay to the Florida Panhandle, this examination is a quest through the natural history and science behind one of nature’s oldest and oddest survivors—the horseshoe crab. With ten eyes, five pairs of walking legs, a heart half the length of their bodies, and blood that can save a person’s life, horseshoe crabs have been on this planet for 445 million years—since long before the dinosaurs arrived. This book explores their unique biology and sex life, explains their importance to medical science and migratory shorebirds, and introduces readers to the people who are working to study and protect them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780983011187
Publisher: Ruka Press
Publication date: 05/22/2012
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 660,457
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Anthony D. Fredericks is a professor of education at York College of Pennsylvania and has written more than 125 books, including Ace Your Teacher Interview, Desert Dinosaurs, How Long Things Live, and Walking with Dinosaurs. He lives in York, Pennsylvania. Glenn Gauvry is the founder of the Ecological Research and Development Group (ERDG), which is the leading organization working for the preservation of horseshoe crabs. He lives in Little Creek, Delaware.

Table of Contents

Foreword Glenn Gauvry ix

Introduction: Ten Thousand Friends (And Some Human Party Crashers) 3

Chapter 1 Mr. Roger N. Parker of Golden, Colorado, Lives Another Day 11

How Horseshoe Crabs Saved His Life (and Yours, Too)

Chapter 2 Long Before the Dinosaurs 24

Yes, They've Been Around a While

Chapter 3 Lord De La Warr's Bay 40

A Short Course in Geology and History

Chapter 4 From Fertilizer to Bait 56

Taking Advantage of an Ancient Creature

Chapter 5 Horseshoe Crab-ology 101 74

All That Anatomy and Physiology Stuff

Chapter 6 Can You See What Eye See? 91

The Creature with Ten Eyes

Chapter 7 Ménage a Trois, Ménage a Quatre, Ménage a…Whatever 104

Reproduction Among the Arthropods

Chapter 8 Free Food! All You Can Eat! Come and Get It! 117

The Birds and the Eggs

Chapter 9 Hatching Out and Moving On 133

Growing Up is Hard to Do

Chapter 10 Where the Boys Are 146

Spring Break in Florida

Chapter 11 "To Protect This Remarkable Mariner" 167

How an Intrepid Band of Citizens is Defending Horseshoe Crabs

Chapter 12 A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed 182

One Man and His Lifelong Passion for Limulus

Chapter 13 Back to School 197

Green Eggs & Sand

Chapter 14 "'Cause they're ugly!" 216

Are Horseshoe Crabs Worth It?

Postscript: Orgy on Gandy's Beach 225

Author's Note: How Horseshoe Crabs Saved My Life 229

Acknowledgments 231

Appendix: Timeline 234

Bibliography 239

Index 251

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most of us don't know much about these most important creatures living in the oceans around us. Fredrick's book tells all of the interesting details of how these creatures live, reproduce and help us humans. Besides all of the interesting information the author inserts himself and anecdotes from his life into the narrative in a most entertaining fashion. A truly entertaining and educational book smoothly blended into a fine reading experience. Now go out and turnover a horseshoe crab.