At this point in the conversation
“It sucks them right in?” I inquire.
“Yeah. The kids certainly do, and this really connects them at any age, you know. Most people are like, have no idea. They seem to have this idea that horseshoe crabs are these big ugly things that come up on the bay beaches and are left behind to die and stink up the place . That’s what they see, and they have no idea it takes them so long to get that age, so seeing them in little hatchlings that will take at least another 8-10 years to become the adults they see on the beaches gives them a whole other outlook.”
As is often the case in a comfortable conversation the topics shift back and forth. Gary and I talk about adaptive resource management (“How many horseshoe crabs does it take spawning in the Delaware Bay to produce the superabundance of eggs that support adequate population levels of red knots?”), shifts in horseshoe crab populations over the last several years (“…you’ll see a lot in the media that horseshoe crabs are declining. They’re not!”), restricted horseshoe crab harvesting for eel fishermen (“It’s been especially hard on eel fishermen in
« In a subsequent interview with one of
Gary’s colleagues, I am told that is “…passionate about all he does. He has an intense love of nature and an intense love for horseshoe crabs. He is always trying to give people an appreciation for, and an understanding of, one of nature’s most amazing creatures!” Gary