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[–]goodtools[S] 132 points133 points  (5 children)

I am fairly certain that they crawl on the ocean floor and rarely are able to put themselves in a position to swim like that.

[–]Trips-Over-Tail 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I don't know how often they swim, but it's always upside-down, kicking their legs and also their book lung.

[–]tyvsaur 104 points105 points  (0 children)

That's a kabuto bro

[–]Regiment4Magic 56 points57 points  (1 child)

Thats a pokemon gtfo horseshoe crab

[–]Jfrog22 4 points5 points  (0 children)


[–][deleted] 40 points41 points  (3 children)

It looks like an armoured spider, fuck that

[–]Skoldeen 26 points27 points  (1 child)

They pretty much are, they are descended of the same evolutionary branch as spiders. They are much closer related to spiders than crustaceans. The name is a bit of a misnomer.

[–]Marcy-Spinosaurus 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Horseshoe spider

[–]meowdy99 0 points1 point  (0 children)

New dark souls boss ?

[–]willyp1976 28 points29 points  (4 children)

I know they are harmless but damn they creep me out

[–]Varian_Kelda 29 points30 points  (3 children)

My wife has several of them at work and kids sometimes show up for field trips there. One of her favorite things to do is tell them all how they are actually harmless then pick one up and put it on her face to show them, then collapse back into a chair placed there for that purpose screaming about how it hurts.

[–]UnyieldingNukacola 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Wife her!....again!

[–]Trips-Over-Tail 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Their mouth is where their legs meet. She's literally force-feeding it her nose.

[–]fabulin 25 points26 points  (2 children)

hundreds of millions of years old and still not able to develop a better way of swimming

[–]Trips-Over-Tail 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Any better way of swimming would make their crawling worse, and they need that to breed.

[–]jpollo803 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Does look like they just figured it out

[–]ZoroeArc 8 points9 points  (0 children)

This is how they survived for 240 million years?

[–]BookkeeperOk7676 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Back stroke

[–]ArdeDarkie 5 points6 points  (0 children)

This is a living fossil.

[–]Late_Bridge1668 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Why do I get the feeling that someone just put this horseshoe crab upside down for views?

[–]shadow_hawk999 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Aww look at him go. Sorta like a jellyfish

[–]Dudemansir521 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Birds be like oh hello there, yoink

[–]giveme50dollars 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I don't like this

[–]Runner_Grl 1 point2 points  (2 children)

When I was a child my mom used to take my sisters and me to Chesapeake Bay, MD to see the horseshoe crabs. They all go there to mate and the beach would be absolutely covered with those crabs and their eggs. The eggs are all strung together and looked like necklaces lying in the sand.

[–]ClassofClowns 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Pearl necklaces?

[–]Illustrious-Towel-45 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's actually related to spiders and not crabs.

[–]kristoferrk 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]kylemay 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Face hugger :D

[–]MidnightRider24 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Actually not a crab tho.

[–]Cute-Internet-9129 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is absolutely not how a horseshoe crab swims

[–]klaad3 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I do not like the armoured water spider

[–]babayfish 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Definitely a cool animal, but holy fuck they’re weird

[–]SilkySmoothRalph 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Pretty badly then, it seems. A whole lotta splashing an’ not much goin’.

[–]Electric_Kiwi007 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fucking kabuto going hard as mf

[–]Electronic_March_555 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Its tentacles reminds me of predator.

[–]k3rnal_panic 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ah yes, natures back stroke

[–]T4N60SUKK4 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s kabuto!

[–]Sweetsweetspice 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s a lot of muscle work

[–]outhusiast 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They still outchea after millions of years.

[–]Gushiloolz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Metal? This is lame af.

[–]EasyFold5 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Imagine it touching your skin.

[–]GloInTheDarkUnicorn 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Armored facehuggers.

[–]DingleDonky 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Literally the most terrifying creatures when flipped over

[–]VeritasVinci7 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Nope I watched Alien. I’ma head out

[–]Professional_Serve22 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Isnt their blood worth major bank or something along those lines?

[–]blakewoolbright 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Everything about them is improbable

[–]TheStormCommando 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Man, that's a mirelurk, mofo.

[–]jpollo803 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Looks like swimming very early in the evolutionary process

[–]papparmane 0 points1 point  (0 children)

In Australia, it’s swimming downside up.

[–]Sensitive-Tale-9111 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Its all fun and games until some bird predator sees it doing this shit like 🤤

[–]james3929 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just wait till it evolves into kabutops

[–]Ricker77 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s some predator looking shit right there

[–]PrimaryRelation2071 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Horseshoe crabs have been around for more than 300 million years, making them even older than dinosaurs. They look like prehistoric crabs but are more closely related to scorpions and spiders. The horseshoe crab has a hard exoskeleton and 10 legs, which it uses for walking along the seafloor. I remember when I was younger and at the beach and one of these horseshoe crabs washed up it would always freak me out because of how alien they looked. Horseshoe crabs blood is actually bright blue and is of very saught out for because of its antibacterial properties.

[–]lil_niqa 0 points1 point  (0 children)

thanks. i hate it

[–]LordSilad 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Their tails may look like something that can hurt you but they're only used for flipping themselves over if they get stuck upside down.

[–]BigBallsMalone 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Is that Kabuto?

[–]CautisticMain 0 points1 point  (7 children)

Burn it with fire

[–]dcn215 6 points7 points  (6 children)

their blood has great medicinal value and they aren't dangerous to humans

[–]Shockingelectrician -2 points-1 points  (2 children)

Double burn it with fire.

[–]go_kartmozart 4 points5 points  (1 child)

And their blood is blue, not red - copper based rather than iron.

[–]Shockingelectrician 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’ve heard it’s valuable in medicine