Crash: A Tale of Two Species
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  • martha williams

    i have learn so much about these beautiful creatures

  • ttownrobin

    I thoroughly enjoyed this informative program! THANK U PBS! I have seen horseshoe crab shells in my 20’s on the beach at St. George Island, FL (about 50-100 mi. east of Panama City, FL) and was always a little afraid of the creatures that live in them. Now, at 50 years old, I am educated on the wondrous properties of these strange looking crabs. I’d have NEVER picked one up and thought that it wouldn’t pinch me, but the man on the show put it up to his face to show that their pincers were harmless! I pray that our Lord protects these blue blooded creatures from overly greedy fishermen and the dangers of nature, that the Red Knots continue to survive, and that scientists find a way to duplicate their blood for the benefits that their fluid provides, so that no horseshoe crabs have to perish, even if it is just 13 percent a catch..


    It made me cry when not seeing red knot showing in arctic. Right! How could we let this little creature disappear…I am not a scientist. Maybe, I even can not do a little contribute to help red knot survive, that’s shame, but, I will pray for it, or I will pray for our scientist, and thanks scientists and hope you will get a big step to help red knot survive.

  • Carolyn

    I am ashamed of us as a species.

  • Claire Burkhart

    I have watched this program several times and just love it. I am a volunteer at the NC aquarium and we try to educate the public on the plight of the horseshoe crab and the red knot. While I am not a scientist or a marine biologist, I am amazed that these educated people are calling a WHELK a conch. Even I know that a true conch does not come further north than Florida. We try to explain the difference so that folks will understand the difference.

  • carl broom

    This was a amazing story,but I am calling out to the scientists that are keeping up with these birds!Go check out Billy Sandifer on internet.This man was one of five men nominated for Field and Stream Magazine enviromentalists of the year.He spends all his time on the North Padre Island National Sea Shore(Texas).He is audobon Warden,bird guide,fishing guide,and enviromentalist.Check out several Red Knots in in Summer and winter Plumage at Padre!These birds either are taking different routes are they are surviving on other foods there.There are several pictures of these Red knots in both plumages.

  • Elizabeth Trout

    I was walking down Allen Street and West Broadway in Chinatown in New York City on Sunday 5/16/10 and was a truck load of “loose” horseshoe crabs being delivered to a restaurant. What is the policy on savings these creatures?

  • Rosemary Marmorato

    My husband and I were enthralled with yesterday’s program, “A Tale of Two Species”. Wonderful job. Thank you , PBS.
    One question, though, How closely related is the Red Knot Bird to the Sandpiper we notice reducing in numbers each summer when we visit the Jersey Shore at Sea Bright?

  • David T

    i noticed a barren beach at Bowers, which was littered with horseshoes in my youth. The sand appears shipped in, where it was naturally shelly and rocky. The river feeding, my brother found out is PCB contaminated. The double spot parking lot where we launched out from in the 1960’s is also barren at Bowers, DE.
    I would catch these alien looking things and never try to retrieve my lure or hook as a child. Dad never considered these as any food value but he did prepare the puffer fish i would catch. Now I ask why anyone would put the family into a wooden boat and risk the dangers that we did.

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