In addition to all the pieces of driftwood found on the beaches of Jekyll Island in Georgia, there were also some interesting crabs washed ashore. At least they are interesting to me since we don’t have these particular species of crab on the west coast.
The first is an Atlantic Blue Crab which is native to the western edge of the Atlantic Ocean from Nova Scotia to Argentina and around the entire coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Please click the image to view a larger version.
The second is an Atlantic Horseshoe Crab. These are indeed strange looking creatures since their entire body is protected by a hard shell and they have long tails that they can use to flip themselves over if they are upside down. It also has 9 eyes! It has 2 compound eyes and 5 simple eyes on the outside of the shell and 2 simple eyes on the underside. In this image it appears as though it is eating some sort of plant. I didn’t stage this, I found it this way.