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Horseshoe Crabs (26) More files... by Fred Bavendam
In late spring of each year, the beaches of the Delaware Bay host one of North Americas true wildlife spectacles. There, two great migrations, one of horseshoe crabs, and the other of shorebirds, intersect in an unrivaled orgy of sex gluttony. During a single month, as many as two million horseshoe crabs will crawl ashore to mate and lay their eggs on the sandy beaches-almost as many shorebirds will feast ravenously on those same eggs.

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Horseshoe Crab (Mesolimulus walchi) fossil on beach, species is 180 million years old, Bavaria, Germany  -  Fred Bavendam
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00150757 Horseshoe Crab (Mesolimulus walchi) fossil on beach, species is 180 million years old, Bavaria, Germany© Fred Bavendam
Horseshoe Crab (Mesolimulus walchi) fossil placed next to modern Horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus), species is 180 million year old, Bavaria, Germany  -  Fred Bavendam
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00150756 Horseshoe Crab (Mesolimulus walchi) fossil placed next to modern Horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus), species is 180 million year old, Bavaria, Germany© Fred Bavendam
Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) crawling across a sandy sea floor littered with many Sand Dollars (Echinarachnius parma), Cape Anne, Massachusetts  -  Fred Bavendam
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00150720 Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) crawling across a sandy sea floor littered with many Sand Dollars (Echinarachnius parma), Cape Anne, Massachusetts© Fred Bavendam
Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) crawling across a sandy sea floor littered with many Sand Dollars (Echinarachnius parma), Cape Anne, Massachusetts  -  Fred Bavendam
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00150719 Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) crawling across a sandy sea floor littered with many Sand Dollars (Echinarachnius parma), Cape Anne, Massachusetts© Fred Bavendam
Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) male clinging to the telson of a larger female, he will try to hold on until she goes ashore to lay her eggs, Cape Anne, Massachusetts  -  Fred Bavendam
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00150722 Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) male clinging to the telson of a larger female, he will try to hold on until she goes ashore to lay her eggs, Cape Anne, Massachusetts© Fred Bavendam
Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) male clinging to the telson of a larger female, he will try to hold on until she goes ashore to lay her eggs, Cape Anne, Massachusetts  -  Fred Bavendam
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00150723 Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) male clinging to the telson of a larger female, he will try to hold on until she goes ashore to lay her eggs, Cape Anne, Massachusetts© Fred Bavendam
Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) group crawling ashore on the high tides of spring to lay their eggs in Delaware Bay's sandy beaches, New Jersey  -  Fred Bavendam
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00150731 Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) group crawling ashore on the high tides of spring to lay their eggs in Delaware Bay's sandy beaches, New Jersey© Fred Bavendam
Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) group crawling ashore on the high tides of spring to lay their eggs in Delaware Bay's sandy beaches, New Jersey  -  Fred Bavendam
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00150730 Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) group crawling ashore on the high tides of spring to lay their eggs in Delaware Bay's sandy beaches, New Jersey© Fred Bavendam
Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) group crawling ashore on the high tides of spring to lay their eggs in Delaware Bay's sandy beaches, New Jersey  -  Fred Bavendam
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00150727 Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) group crawling ashore on the high tides of spring to lay their eggs in Delaware Bay's sandy beaches, New Jersey© Fred Bavendam
Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) group crawling ashore on the high tides of spring to lay their eggs in Delaware Bay's sandy beaches, New Jersey  -  Fred Bavendam
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00150734 Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) group crawling ashore on the high tides of spring to lay their eggs in Delaware Bay's sandy beaches, New Jersey© Fred Bavendam
Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) group crawling ashore on the high tides of spring to lay their eggs in Delaware Bay's sandy beaches, New Jersey  -  Fred Bavendam
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00150728 Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) group crawling ashore on the high tides of spring to lay their eggs in Delaware Bay's sandy beaches, New Jersey© Fred Bavendam
Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) with American Slipper Limpet (Crepidula fornicata) clinging to its shell, Cape May, New Jersey  -  Fred Bavendam
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00150755 Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) with American Slipper Limpet (Crepidula fornicata) clinging to its shell, Cape May, New Jersey© Fred Bavendam
Pattern of a wave written on the beach in Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) eggs that have been uncovered by the diggings of others, New Jersey  -  Fred Bavendam
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00150749 Pattern of a wave written on the beach in Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) eggs that have been uncovered by the diggings of others, New Jersey© Fred Bavendam
Pattern of a wave written on the beach in Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) eggs that have been uncovered by the diggings of others, New Jersey  -  Fred Bavendam
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00150750 Pattern of a wave written on the beach in Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) eggs that have been uncovered by the diggings of others, New Jersey© Fred Bavendam
Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) freshly laid eggs uncovered by the digging of another female laying her eggs, Cape Anne, Massachusetts  -  Fred Bavendam
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00150725 Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) freshly laid eggs uncovered by the digging of another female laying her eggs, Cape Anne, Massachusetts© Fred Bavendam
Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) eggs almost ready to hatch after two weeks incubation in the warm sands of Cape Anne, Massachusetts  -  Fred Bavendam
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00150726 Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) eggs almost ready to hatch after two weeks incubation in the warm sands of Cape Anne, Massachusetts© Fred Bavendam
Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) makes a loop in the sand while crawling back to the water after spawning, Cape May, New Jersey  -  Fred Bavendam
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00150753 Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) makes a loop in the sand while crawling back to the water after spawning, Cape May, New Jersey© Fred Bavendam
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) juvenile eating the gill of an overturned Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus), Cape May, New Jersey  -  Fred Bavendam
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00150746 Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) juvenile eating the gill of an overturned Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus), Cape May, New Jersey© Fred Bavendam
Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) pair overturned by the waves and will die in the sun, New Jersey  -  Fred Bavendam
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00150751 Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) pair overturned by the waves and will die in the sun, New Jersey© Fred Bavendam
Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) spawning and hungry shorebirds feeding on their eggs, New Jersey  -  Fred Bavendam
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00150736 Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) spawning and hungry shorebirds feeding on their eggs, New Jersey© Fred Bavendam
Photographer and migratory shorebirds which have stopped to feed on Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) eggs while flying from South America to their arctic nesting grounds, New Jersey  -  Fred Bavendam
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00150748 Photographer and migratory shorebirds which have stopped to feed on Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) eggs while flying from South America to their arctic nesting grounds, New Jersey© Fred Bavendam
Migratory shorebirds feeding on Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) eggs at Delaware Bay while flying from South Africa to their arctic nesting grounds, New Jersey  -  Fred Bavendam
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00150747 Migratory shorebirds feeding on Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) eggs at Delaware Bay while flying from South Africa to their arctic nesting grounds, New Jersey© Fred Bavendam
Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) group waiting right near the water's edge for the spawning Horseshoe Crabs (Limulus polyphemus), Cape May, New Jersey  -  Fred Bavendam
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00150745 Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) group waiting right near the water's edge for the spawning Horseshoe Crabs (Limulus polyphemus), Cape May, New Jersey© Fred Bavendam
Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) group waiting near the water's edge for the spawning Horseshoe Crabs (Limulus polyphemus, Cape May, New Jersey  -  Fred Bavendam
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00150738 Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) group waiting near the water's edge for the spawning Horseshoe Crabs (Limulus polyphemus, Cape May, New Jersey© Fred Bavendam
Migratory shorebirds stop at Delaware Bay to feed on Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) eggs while flying from South America to their arctic nesting grounds, New Jersey  -  Fred Bavendam
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00150739 Migratory shorebirds stop at Delaware Bay to feed on Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) eggs while flying from South America to their arctic nesting grounds, New Jersey© Fred Bavendam
Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) male clinging to the telson of a larger female, photographed by diver, Cape Anne, Massachusetts  -  Fred Bavendam
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00150724 Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) male clinging to the telson of a larger female, photographed by diver, Cape Anne, Massachusetts© Fred Bavendam
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