Crash: A Tale of Two Species

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With its armored shell, ancient anatomy, and 350-million-year lineage, the horseshoe crab almost seems too inconspicuous to stir up controversy. Yet this humble creature is at the very center of a collision between three completely different species.

For many decades, humans have harvested the horseshoe crab for use as fishing bait. Since the 1970s, we have also used horseshoe crab blood for medical purposes. But we may have gone too far. Horseshoe crab numbers have declined significantly since the early 1990′s. And, naturally, so did their egg numbers.

This is especially important to a small shorebird that is a global traveler of the most impressive kind. The red knot makes one of the longest migrations of any animal — a journey that takes it from one end of the earth to the other. To accomplish this feat, it relies on the eggs of the horseshoe crab. Without these eggs, the red knot is in danger.

In the film Crash: A Tale of Two Species, filmmaker Allison Argo tells the story of nature’s amazing ability to create fragile connections among the most unexpected creatures, and of our potential as humans to destroy those connections — or restore them.

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Online content for Crash: A Tale of Two Species was originally posted February 2008.

Production Credits Print

Television Credits

CRASH: A TALE OF TWO SPECIES

Written, Produced And Directed By
ALLISON ARGO

Associate Producer
CICI CLARK

Camera
MICHAEL MALE
ANDREW YOUNG

Editor
ALLISON ARGO

Musical Composition
TOM PHILLIPS

Animation
JED SCHWARTZ

Underwater/Additional Camera
CHRIS SZWEDO

Additional Editing
JULIE KAHN
CHRIS SZWEDO

Sound
PAUL RUSNAK

Narrator
ALLISON ARGO

Online Editor & Colorist
DAVE ALLEN

Sound Mix
JIM SULLIVAN
MIX ONE STUDIOS

Stock Footage
FOOTAGEBANK HD
HISTORIC FILMS
DR. MARK BOTTON

Special Thanks
American Bird Conservancy
Carl N. Shuster, Jr.
Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey
Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife
Delaware State University
Endosafe, Charles River Laboratories
Government of Nunavut, Department of Environment
New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife
New Jersey Natural Lands Trust
University of Delaware
U.S. Geological Survey

For NATURE

Series Editor
JANET HESS

Supervising Producer
JANICE YOUNG

Senior Producer
LAURA METZGER

Producers
JILL CLARKE
IRENE TEJARATCHI

Production Manager
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN

Production Assistant
JAYNE JUN

Manager
EILEEN FRAHER

Re-Recording Mixer
DOUG JOHNSON

Online Editor
DAVID NOLING

Series Producer
BILL MURPHY

Executive In Charge
WILLIAM GRANT

Executive Producer
FRED KAUFMAN

Produced by Argo Films and Thirteen/WNET New York

This program was produced by Thirteen/WNET New York, which is solely responsible for its content.

© 2008 Educational Broadcasting Corporation

 

Web Credits

Producer
DANIEL B. GREENBERG

Associate Producer
TANNER VEA

Designer
MICHAEL DIMAURO

Pagebuilding
BRIAN SANTALONE

Technical Director
BRIAN LEE

Writer
JENETTE RESTIVO

Creative Director
NICK MILLER

Director of Digital Strategy
DAVID HIRMES

Director of Production
DANIEL B. GREENBERG

Photos for "Why Save the Red Knot?" © Mark Peck. Other images from CRASH: A TALE OF TWO SPECIES.

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