How Rutgers is ensuring horseshoe crabs' survival in N.J. waters

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — At high tide, four students from Lower Cape May Regional High School waded into Delaware Bay surf in Middle Township and carefully dumped 10,000 baby horseshoe crabs into the water.

Then, for the first time in their three-month-long lives, the pea-sized horseshoe crabs were on their own in the bay.

Rutgers researchers have been releasing the horseshoe crabs at the university’s Cape Shore Laboratory annually since 2012, all the while greatly increasing the arthropods’ chance at survival. With Wednesday’s release, the program has now released about 250,000 baby horseshoe crabs, according to Mike DeLuca, the director of …read more

Source: Cape May

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