The shorebirds are lured here by an incredible banquet of little green eggs. Approximately thirty different species of shorebirds bent on doubling their body weights cram the
Most of the activity tends to occur during the third or fourth week in May. Hundreds of thousands of migrating shorebirds arrive just as hundreds of thousands of horseshoe crabs emerge from the depths of
Most female crabs will deposit their eggs approximately 4-6 inches below the surface of the sand. Although this depth is beyond the reach of most shorebirds, constant wave action and the burrowing of other spawning crabs (female crabs will deposit their eggs wherever they want – irrespective of whether another female has deposited her eggs in a particular location or not. In short, every square inch of the beach is “fair game” as a potential egg deposit area.) move some of the eggs toward the sand’s surface. It is these “disturbed” eggs that the voracious shorebirds seek.
« For those who wish to compare horseshoe crabs with humans, here are some relevant facts: A human female typically has about 400,000 potential eggs, all formed before birth. Only about 480 of those eggs will actually be released during her reproductive years. And, in case you were about to ask - your average chicken will lay about 300 eggs in her lifetime.