While living on Seahorse Key for a week this summer, I tried to walk the flats every evening. We were out there during the "Super Moon" event, which meant that the extreme low spring tides of any full moon were "Super Sized".
The result was that the Gulf waters drained far and away from the shallow grassy flats on the outside of Seahorse Key exposing all kinds of awesome marine life and death drama.
Conchs, hermit crabs, whelks, tide pools with trapped fish wishing the tide back, wading birds, blue crabs, spider crabs, ... low tide life in abundance!
At one point during, what was for me, near total Intertidal Nerdvana, I happened to notice tiny trails in the muddy zone between the sandy beach and the beginning of the vast seagrass prairie.
Everyone knows that when you find a fascinating trail you should follow it ... and I did.
What I found at trail's end was a tiny bump in the sand.
An index finger "excavator" brought up the tiny horseshoe crab you see below.
|You see a lot of horseshoe crabs around our Big Bend coast, and plenty of those in the summer will be juveniles, but this guy ... Wow!|