Spring breakers should be on lookout for mating horseshoe crabs on Florida beaches

Peak time to see horseshoe crabs is St. Patrick’s Day night

Horseshoe crabs congregate along a beach at night during mating season. (FWC)

If you’re visiting a beach in Florida this week, be aware of mating horseshoe crabs, Florida Fish and Wildlife officials say.

The FWC says, “horseshoe crabs have scheduled their yearly EPIC spring break!”

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The agency said horseshoe crabs gather on Florida beaches each year to complete their ancient mating ritual and it just so happens to line up with many Florida school spring breaks.

FWC says the best time to see horseshoe crabs is within a few days of a new or full moon and around high time, which means St. Patrick’s Day night will be your best bet as the moon will be its fullest.

And if you see a horseshoe crab on its back, FWC says you can help flip it back over by gently picking it up and turning it back over to release it back into the water. The agency says that little action can help conserve the species.

FWC has asked that if you see horseshoe crabs to report your sightings to the agency to help gather information to aid their long-term success.

You can report sightings here.

It’s for science… really! This week, horseshoe crabs have scheduled their yearly EPIC spring break! Every year horseshoe...

Posted by MyFWC Florida Fish and Wildlife on Wednesday, March 16, 2022

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