The New Jersey Shoreline

Doing Their Primal Thing When it comes to orgies, these crabs have no peers

As darkness tenderly drapes itself over Delaware Bay, a soft breeze breaks the lingering heat of a blistering summer day.

Clack-clack-clack.

At first, you hear only a rhythmic clattering, like conch shells clicking in the gentle surf.

Clack-clack.

But if you crouch low near the water's edge, you can see in the shallows of $ the high tide an awesome spectacle that has been recurring since before Tyrannosaurus rex roamed the earth: the mating dance of the horseshoe crab, one of nature's ugliest and kinkiest creatures.

Their annual spawning is a sight so bizarre that it draws voyeurs from distant lands...

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