|Two horseshoes headed back to the water after a busy night.|
|This critter burrows as s/he moves back to the water. Note the doggie footprints and the razor clam to the right.|
|This guy's mate told him to make tracks.|
|That's the male in front holding onto the female who is not much bigger than he is. Cougar maybe?|
|Yum! Horseshoe eggs!|
|The bay beach in June|
Sometimes horseshoes can flip themselves by pushing their long, stiff tail called a telson into the sand. If they are unsuccessful they will bend at the hinge between their shell and abdomen to try and protect their insides. If their gills dry out in the sun, it is curtains for them. Here's a short video of a horseshoe heading back to the water. Notice how he changes direction when the water hits him and reminds him which way to go. In the background there is a less fortunate horseshoe "bent at the hinge" to protect his soft belly and gills from the sun.