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Question of the Week – Horseshoe Crab

Posted by romeethredge on February 6, 2016

Last week I had a photo of something I found on the beach, a large Horseshoe Crab.  This one’s probably a female since they are usually a third larger than the males. They are amazing creatures that God created for us and our scientists and doctors are using them in amazing ways to help mankind.

The scientific name is Limulus polyphemus, and it’s found in North America along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts from Maine to Mexico. They are harmless although their tail makes us think of something that stings. They use the tail to turn themselves upright if they get flipped over. They have 10 walking legs and 9 eyes.

 I like them too, because I believe God created things pretty much as they are today and this creature confounds evolutionists. They can’t understand why it hasn’t evolved.

They are extremely important to  biomedicine because their unique, copper-based blue blood contains a substance called Limulus amebocyte lysate. It coagulates in the presence of  bacterial toxins so it’s used to test for sterility of medical equipment and intravenous drugs. The compound eyes of the horseshoe crab has helped us understand human vision.

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Now for this week’s question. What is this I found in a dark drawer?

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One Response to “Question of the Week – Horseshoe Crab”

  1. Tom said

    Could it be one of the “bristletails” such as a firebrat?

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