Horseshoe Crab Research Paper
and a population. Horseshoe crabs are slowly being killed for bait which dramatically lowers the population. Although their population is slowly decreasing, we can still bring it back up because many artificial baits like Eco-Bait can help save these endangered species.
Many people believe that interacting with horseshoe crabs will be beneficial to humans and still cause no harm to horseshoe crabs because of the resources they provide such as their chitin. Chitin is found in the shells, or exoskeleton of horseshoe crabs and is one resource that many believe is a benefit of interacting with horseshoe crabs because it provides contact lenses, skin creams, hair sprays, etc. Although chitin can be incredibly useful, why take it off of an endangered species back? There are many other animals that have chitin and aren’t endangered. For instance, the article, “Blue blood, yeah that’s cool, but it is not all that they are good for!” states, “Chitin is a substance found in the shells, or exoskeletons, of horseshoe crabs, as well other arthropods, such as lobsters, crabs, shrimp, spiders, scorpions, beetles, and mosquitoes.” (par. 2). Considering that there are so many animals on that list that provide chitin, there is no need for the chitin found on the endangered horseshoe crabs. It would seem logical if we were to obtain the chitin of these other animals because their population will not be severely affected.
In conclusion, interacting with horseshoe crabs would be very…