Ohio - Giant Horshoe CrabThis giant horseshoe crab stands at 24ft tall and 68ft long, and was originally built for the Baltimore Maritime Museum. For reasons unknown the crab eventually was transported to the Freedom Worship Baptist Church in Blanchester, Ohio where it now stands outside as the churches mascot.
A Story of a Living Fossil; Horseshoe crabs are simple primitive creatures which haven't changed much in over 400 million years. Science believes they have survived the eons for several reasons: i.e.the shape and size of their exoskeleton shield * * they can go a year without food * * they adapt to high salt environments and extreme temperatures * * their unique blood protects them from infection
With fossils dating back to nearly 350 million years ago, it’s hard to believe that our favorite shoreline friends were once crawling across the oceans floor the same time dinosaurs were around. These sea creatures have adapted to their ecosystems over the eons and still remained ultimately unchanged. Their flexible exoskeleton (made of chitin) has
HORSESHOE CRABS - sometimes considered fossils, they are not crabs, not even crustaceans (lack antennae). Their tail is not used for stinging, despite what it looks. They have blue blood and their babies can swim upside down.