June 22nd Horseshoe Crab Walk

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins
Photos courtesy of HCT Volunteer Photographer Andrea Petitto

Today’s walk participants gathered under beautiful blue skies with temperatures in the high 60s at Jackknife Cove. We were treated to incredible sweeping views of both Pleasant Bay and Muddy Creek while gathered at the information station set up at the edge of the marsh. Ospreys circled above as we chatted about horseshoe crabs, including their molts, anatomy, spawning habits, eggs, biomedical connections, tagging, citizens science, and more! While strolling the beach, we found both a male and a female, and our youngest participants named the male “Kevin,” before returning these incredible living fossils to the bay.