Horseshoe Crab Shortage Leading Red Knot To Extinction

red knot Horseshoe Crab Shortage Leading Red Knot To Extinction

I’m really sick of this story: animal needs food but can’t get it because man is hording it for evil purposes. It’s like taking candy from a baby, except that instead of simply crying, the animals in question are dying.

The latest potential casualty is this seemingly never ending saga is the red knot. This medium sized bird lives on the shore, breeds in tundra and has an enormous migration pattern that takes them from the lower parts of South America all the way to the Arctic. Along its journey the red knot pit stops in Delaware to feast on its food of choice — the eggs produced by horseshoe crabs.

But the red knot has unfair competition in the way of commercial fisherman, who scoop up the horseshoe crabs and use them as bait. And the proof of the results is in the pudding: over the last two decades, horseshoe crabbing has gone up while the red knot’s population has gone down. Way down.

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