Horseshoe Crab

Horseshoe Crab

By: Robert M. McClung
Published by: William Morrow & Company
Simultaneously published by: George J. McLeod Limited, Toronto
Publication Date: 1967

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One of the common sights along the Atlantic shoreline of North America is the horseshoe crab.  A fierce-looking but harmless creature, whose forward shell is shaped like a horse's hoof, it quickly draws attention on the beaches.

In a fresh, clear text, sparked by many detailed illustrations, Robert M. McClung describes the life cycle and the coastal world of the horseshoe crab. From its beginning, the baby horseshoe crab leads a perilous existence. As an egg it may be stranded by the ebbing tide. Newly hatched, it may be eaten by a larger animal in the sea. After eleven years the horseshoe crab becomes an adult and can live with relative safety in its bristly, armored shell. Even then it is often a target for unnecessary destruction at the hands of human beings.

Mr. McClung's evocative prose lends a quiet beauty to this story. It will have a strong appeal for his many readers, who will enjoy learning about this ancient creature that has existed in much the same form for over two hundred million years.

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