Slaughter Beach, an official horseshoe crab sanctuary
Slaughter Beach, DE 19963
Slaughter Beach is an official sanctuary for horseshoe crabs. This is the state marine animal of Delaware and a "signature species" of the Delaware Bay estuary. The town is also pursuing certification as a Community Wildlife Habitat with the National Wildlife Federation.
Visitors are welcome to watch as these harmless animals swarm the beach while spawning in May and June. All we ask is that you maintain a safe distance from all wildlife to ensure they are not disturbed; that is, unless you see a horseshoe crab stranded on its back. If that's the case, we ask that you please "just flip 'em." Check out this music video to see how: http://bit.ly/1oxbPIL.
Don't forget to bring your binoculars, camera, or spotting scope if you visit. Anytime horseshoe crabs spawn they attract a variety of shorebirds seeking to eat their eggs.
Photo by the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
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