Press of Atlantic City: Horseshoe crabs' annual spawning draws red knots, spectators to Delaware Bay shore
Paula Lucas, of the Goshen section of Middle Township, watches horseshoe crabs come ashore
as she walks along the Delaware shoreline at Kimbles Beach, Middle Township.
Photo credit: Dale Gerhard
Mario and Aida D'Angelo, of Quebec, peered through binoculars, looking for what they had traveled 450 miles to see. There, in the water's edge at Reeds Beach, lurked thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of horseshoe crabs biding their time until Thursday's full-moon tide would signal the peak of the annual spawn. The crabs on this single beach are joining spawning crabs along the Delaware Bay this week in what some observers say is one of New Jersey's greatest wildlife spectacles.