Chris Paparo snapped this underwater shot of a horseshoe crab.
Commonly referred to as living fossils, horseshoe crabs first appeared on this planet approximately 300 million years ago (that’s 100 million years before the first dinosaur.) Over the course of that time, they have remained relatively unchanged. Today, there are four different species of horseshoe crab. Three of these species can be found living in the Indo-Pacific, while the fourth inhabits North America all along the East Coast from Maine to the Gulf of Mexico. (more…)
An osprey with a freshly caught alewife. (Credit: Chris Paparo)
Finally, spring has arrived! The days are longer, the bays have thawed, and most importantly, fish are on the move.
For thousands of years, alewives have returned every spring from their life in the open ocean to fulfill their primordial need to reproduce. In doing so, they have faced many natural perils along the way. In more recent history (shortly after the first European settlers arrived to the northeast), they have been confronted with a new set of challenges, ones that could potentially jeopardize the survival of their species. (more…)