The Star-Ledger: Horseshoe crabs and red knots soon to arrive on replenished Delaware Bay beaches


Photo by Andre Malok

Before the sun spilled across the marsh, before Bartone’s Bait and Tackle opened for the day or the waitresses at the Maurice River Diner (“Chicken Pot Pie every Wed. and Sun.”) served up the first crab omelette, there were creatures stirring on the beaches of Delaware Bay.

A couple dozen horseshoe crabs emerged from the water, teeter-tottering under seaweed-green shells the size of dinner platters.

It was late April’s full-moon high tide, the highest tide of the month, and these ancient mariners were performing a spawning ritual they’ve done for thousands of years here, by following the moonlight up onto the shores of New Jersey’s western bay.

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