• ‘Living fossil’ crabs mysteriously dying in Japan


    TOKYO: Hundreds of horseshoe crabs — known as “living fossils” as they are among the earth’s oldest creatures — have washed ashore dead in southern Japan, confounding experts who study the alien-like sidewalkers. Horseshoe crabs, known for their blue blood, are a regular summer visitor to tidal flats in south and western Japan including one near Kitakyushu city where they lay their eggs. Some invariably die in the process, but this year a local conservation group noticed that the number of the precious marine arthropods that perished was unusually high, a local official told Agence-France Presse on Thursday. “The conservation group spotted about five to 10 remains every day during the egg-laying period, so they started to tally them,” said Kitakyushu city official Kenji Sato. “In total the number of dead horseshoe crabs reached about 500,” he added.



    Please follow our commenting guidelines.

    Comments are closed.