Title

Scientific Expert: Horseshoe Crabs Threatened With Extinction

Document Type

News

Department

Biology

Publication Date

11-30-2016

Abstract

Dr. John Tanacredi, CERCOM director, is interviewed for a HuffPost blog.

A world expert on horseshoe crabs, a Suffolk County resident, is worried about their extinction after 455 million years of life on Earth - largely because of the crab having become a delicacy in nations in Asia.

Dr. John T. Tanacredi first became familiar with horseshoe crabs as a boy from Brooklyn coming to Babylon in summers and learning to swim off a beach along the Great South Bay. In that period, the early 1960s, the beach was "filled" with horseshoe crabs. The shores of Long Island and the wetlands they embrace-including the Riverhead and Southold town coastlines-have been an active habitat for horseshoe crabs.

Back in Brooklyn, as a young man volunteering as a docent at the New York Aquarium in Coney Island, he began studying what he speaks of as this "alien-looking, strange-looking creature."