Horseshoe crabs are important to both coastal communities and human
health. Their eggs are an essential source of food for migratory
shorebirds and some fish species.
Ancestors of horseshoe crabs date back over 450 million years--long
before the age of the dinosaurs.
The Fish and Wildlife Research Institute is asking the public to report observations of horseshoe crab mating activities in order to help biologists identify nesting beaches around the state.
Report sightings of horseshoe crab mating activity with this
Thousands of reports from the public provide information about horseshoe crab mating activities on Florida beaches.
Horseshoe crab article that can be downloaded.
In Florida, most horseshoe crabs are collected live for use in aquaria and research.
Do you have questions about horseshoe crabs? Read the horseshoe crab FAQ for answers.
This brochure provides information on age and growth,
distribution, migration, feeding habits, and more.