Surveys in the
As you will discover in Chapter 8, the birds are dependent on the crabs for a significant portion of their ability to survive. The crabs are partially dependent on the actions and practices of humans for their overall survival. It would be safe to say that the connections and interrelationships are tenuous, fragile, and evolutionary. The results of any mandates or legislation, on the other hand, may be permanent and irrevocable. Simply stated, there are many stakeholders up and down the line. It is conceivable that Mother Nature will be the final arbiter – irrespective of what we want.
Suffice it to say, horseshoe crabs have been around for a very long time and they have proven themselves to be a most useful species – for humans as well as other organisms. It remains to be seen whether the crabs will be able to continue their multi-faceted role in the decades and centuries to come.