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June 23, 2002

Delaware: A Delaware man’s work to preserve horseshoe crabs, a species so ancient it’s called a “living fossil;” a conch fisherman’s help in the cause; and medical research’s need for horseshoe crabs’ blue blood. In late spring each year, beaches along the Atlantic coast play host to some of the strangest-looking creatures in the world: horseshoe crabs, swimming in from deeper waters for their annual spawning. Despite their skewer-like tails and alarming-looking claws, horseshoe crabs are harmless and their eggs are vital food for millions of shorebirds flying north for the summer.