Title

A description of a midnight, full-moon visit to witness the two-week spawning cy

Source

Down East

Date

5-1-2011

Pages

82-85, 88

Abstract

A description of a midnight, full-moon visit to witness the two-week spawning cycle of the horseshoe crab at Taunton Bay, believed to be the crab's northernmost breeding spot. After the 1999 replacement of the Sullivan Route 1 bridge, shellfish draggers gained room to pass underneath the bridge and some, including the Friends of Taunton Bay, worried that the area's horseshoe crabs could be threatened. In 2003, sonar tracking lead to the discovery that horseshoe crabs remain within about a mile radius and are not migratory. The Friends of Taunton Bay will continue to monitor dragging activity in order to protect the crab population.

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