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what is going on here?
they're singing coombayah
>What’s the deal on horshoe crabs that is, Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda? Why can’t they leave us alone? If they’d just wait until a door opens and fly out, but no. They land on us, bite, interrupt deep thoughts and cause us to reach for a rolled up Hays Free Press to send them to happy cadaver land.
>Recently I began to wonder why they are so persistently relational. What if, just what if, they have been trying to tell us something for the thousands of years they and we have existed together, a message of such great import that they would risk their lives in countless ways to relay. An apocalypse, a meteorite on a path to earth, a plague, the eruption of the Yellowstone lava dome?
>Following the Oregon Trail via van in July, we crossed from Nebraska into Wyoming about lunchtime. Dagwood sandwich makin’s were in the ice chest, and when I opened the back hatch to get them, about 200 horseshoe crabs hitchhiked a ride.
>At the day’s end we stopped at a motel and noticed at least a dozen horseshoe crabs remaining after my newspaper swats. Let them die of old age, we thought, but the next morning they were still in the car. Later, when I rolled down the window to ask about cabins at 3 Island State Park on the Snake River, about 50 more came in.
Rolling up my Hays Free Press again, I locked and loaded my elbow in swat position. One made a landing on my thigh right above the patella, and a nanosecond from dropping the hammer, I examined the quarry. In that moment of hesitation, 40 to 50 horseshoe crabs landed in a circle around the now center crab.They traveled clockwise, then counter-clockwise, all the time circling the special horseshoe crab. They came toward the center, then regressed outward. I knew for sure this horseshoe crab was special.
>Then one approached the center horseshoe crab and placed something on its cephalothorax. Suddenly I realized the message was to be finally delivered, the one horseshoe crabs have been trying to relay to humans for centuries. And I had the responsibility to sound the alarm to the ends of the earth, saving mankind from doom.
>Would it be about a giant tectonic plate readjustment, nuclear accident, invasion by aliens? What, what?
>He jumped in the air and flew close to me. I could see the object on its cephalothorax – a megaphone! Good grief, this horseshoe crab had broken the speech code separating us from crustaceans. In the future we would be grateful for this rescue. We would go on picnics together, honor the event in parks under a statue of a horseshoe crab, with bands, balloons and fireworks. He landed on my ear and pulled the megaphone close to his mouth. Here it comes, I thought, the all important words:
>“Build the Wall, Build the Wall!”
what is going on here?
TLDR they're trying to learn how to convey to us that we should build the wall to keep out immigrants.
They were over 500 years too late, the immigrants already took over a long time ago.
good lord I hate barnacles so much. seems like there's nothing they won't latch themselves onto
someone had a barnacle decide to live in their penis once. was p. funny.
Poor crab 🙁
I thought these things went extinct
One of their body parts can be sold for money so they are going to be extinct extremely soon.
>One of their body parts can be sold for money
What is it this time?
Their blood, super useful for avoiding contaminants in intravenous injections. Being as how they can do without a good deal of it, outright extinction is very unlikely because if the population decline caused a noticeable reduction in supply, you'd immediately see conservation efforts from SOMEBODY to keep the paychecks coming.
The fact that they are profitable is their safeguard from extinction. This tiny fish inhabit dark waters in Amazon basin. It is too small to have any value as food but its bright color make it popular in the aquarium hobby. Until relatively recently people didn’t know how to breed them in captivity so they all were wild caught and exported all over the world and even today wild ones still are sold. One could think it would be better to buy the captivity bred ones but in reality it is the other way around, the demand for wild caught ones is an economical incentive for the local people to preserve its habitat and keep the population healthy, if there were no such demand they would have to resort to other activities like agriculture and deforestation to make a living and that would result in the destruction of its natural habitat.
In case anyone is curious about why it was so hard to breed them, they live in tea colored waters under the dense shade of the forest meaning that they basically live in the dark despite living in a surface river in the hot and sunny equator region. The adults can be acclimated to live in our bright aquariums but the eggs die when exposed to light.
Gathering for mother's milk.
I wonder what it tastes like. Would it taste like a penny?
Apparently it's poisonous because it's filled with urea and ammonia...
Well no wonder nothing survive in it.
The thing is basically an alien.
It's an orgy, give them some privacy.
if that is the case then i will watch
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