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Horseshoe crab population on rise in Md. shore area

By: Kara Hallissey on November 7th, 2014

(Nov. 7, 2014) Horseshoe crabs have occupied this planet for 450 million years, surviving mass extinctions, environmental change, volcanic eruptions, ice ages and asteroids.

Even though human development can be pretty rough, it should come as no surprise that they aren’t going anywhere any time soon.

Maryland Coastal Bay Program’s 13th annual horseshoe crab spawning survey shows positive results for the crabs, with volunteers collecting 66 surveys from five beach breeding sites to reveal a total of 35,278 crabs.

That’s an 11 percent increase from last year, when surveyors found

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