Horseshoe Crab - Conservation Creature Plush


Atlantic Horseshoe Crabs (Limulus polyphemus) are closely related to spiders, ticks, and scorpions. The crab's shell protects it from predation by sharks, turtles, and sea gulls. Their spine-like tail helps them to turn over when they are upside down. They are often called "living fossils" because fossils of their ancestors date back almost 450 million years. They are found in temperate waters, including REEF's NE and SAS regions, as well as warmer waters of the TWA region.

REEF Conservation Creatures are iconic marine species from REEF’s Volunteer Fish Survey Project regions. These marine creatures highlight the diversity of ocean ecosystems and encourage understanding and respect for marine life. We hope they inspire you to join REEF and learn more about the marine environment!

Each plush comes with a Conservation Card that provides information about the critter's habitat, characteristics, potential threats, and global distribution in REEF's Survey Project regions.

Choose a plush marine animal from your favorite REEF Volunteer Fish Survey Project region, or collect all of the creatures for a diverse and cuddly array of ocean life!

Be sure to check out the other fun critters in our REEF Conservation Creatures series hereCollect the entire collection!!

Buy any 3 Conservation Creatures for $25.