The horseshoe crab is a species of crab that lives in shallow ocean waters or sandy and muddy areas of water. The blood of the horseshoe crab is very sought-after, as it has many healing properties for humans.
Scientific Name: Limulidae
Characteristics: The horseshoe crab serves as many people's introduction to sea-dwelling wildlife, as these crabs are very prolific on beaches and in other bodies of water throughout the country.
Size: 7" L x 3.5" W.
The horseshoe crab can be found anywhere there is open water; oceans and seashores are generally home to the horseshoe crab. In the peak mating months in spring and summer, beaches are covered with horseshoe crabs.