Orgy? Tough Life For Blue-Blooded Horseshoe Crab

Anthony Fredericks readily admits he was a college professor when he attended his first orgy.

There he was, on the beach, staring at a mass of bodies clambering all over each other, watching “transfixed as couples mated on any stretch of sandy real estate they could find … There were the usual twosomes and threesomes, and occasionally we would come across a foursome, a fivesome, and even one over-stimulated sixsome.”

It was not an especially erotic scene. It would be hard for it to be so, given that the bodies on display were, as he describes them, “submarine tanks,” each with ten legs and ten eyes, that plowed into each other “with all the delicacy of a frenzied herd of bull elephants.”

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Image: Mating Horseshoe Crabs (Limulus polyphemus), Merostomata, Chelicerata, Atlantic Coast of North America. (Milton Tierney, Corbis)

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    Reblogging for teh commentary^^
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    Actually, these “slow-paced sexual frenzies” can be quite lethal if the horseshoe crab gets flipped over onto its back...
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    I used to flip them on their bellies when I walked down the beaches of Jersey. Always felt bad when they got turned over
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    I experienced this firsthand in Cedar Key.
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