Florida Fish and Wildlife
Spot a horseshoe crab?
Calling all Citizen Scientists! It’s almost spring – that means it’s peak horseshoe crab mating season – and our researchers need your help! If you spot a horseshoe crab, report your sighting: http://bit.ly/3mqD0yh
Horseshoe crabs’ mate year-round, but it is most common to see mating groups along the shore of sandy, lower wave action beaches in March and April (as well as September and October). Beachgoers will have the best luck spotting horseshoe crabs around high tide, within a few days of a new or full moon.
Reporting horseshoe crab sightings provides valuable information about habitat use, population distribution, and environmental conditions for nesting to the FWC. Although horseshoe crabs have existed for more than 450 million years, scientists are still learning about Florida populations. Learn more about horseshoe crabs and the Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch Program: https://myfwc.com/…/saltwater/crustaceans/horseshoe-crabs/
Report horseshoe crabs sightings to FWC for Science: https://content.govdelivery.com/…/FLF…/bulletins/34ce895