Do Horseshoe Crabs STING?!

Do Horseshoe Crabs STING?!

– [Coyote] Mark. – [Mark] What’s wrong? – Are you ready to see an alien? (suspenseful music) – [Coyote Voiceover] Like
clockwork, it’s a guarantee that twice a day the tide will
rise and the tide will fall. As it recedes, we have all
learned that an incredible world of underwater marine animals
become temporarily exposed, allowing any curious adventurer
the opportunity to find and admire all sorts
of bizarre creatures. In Harpswell, Maine, we
came across one animal that we had been hoping to
feature on Beyond The Tide since the series launched. But before we get to that
alien-looking water beast, let’s take a look at something that is going to
make your skin crawl. – Dude, Mark. Come here, check this out. – [Mark] What is it? – Dude, this grass is, like,
full of little tiny fleas or something jumping. Look at that. Woah, I’m standing– Oh, jeez. Look at that. Listen. – [Mark] You hear that? – [Coyote] That’s like popcorn. – [Mark] Sounds like rain. – [Coyote] I think those are
sand fleas, let me grab one. – [Mark] Does he bite? – [Coyote] Uhh, I believe so. All fleas, as far
as I know, bite. I can’t grab one, they’re
too small and fast. Jeez, jumping all over me. Here, come over
here, look at this. Let me check this grass,
this might be better. Point your camera
down right here. This is the exact same sort
of seaweed, dried up seaweed. Ah, see, look at that. I just stepped on ’em
and they’re everywhere. Watch, ready? One, two. Oh my gosh! Look at that! – [Mark] Put your hand in there. – [Coyote] Put my hand in there? Alright here, let me
peel back some more. (insects rapidly jumping) – [Mark] What’s that like? – [Coyote] That
feels really weird, but they’re not biting me. They’re just jumping on me. Here, let me peel back
this a little bit more. Look at that. – [Mark] There are,
like, millions of them. – [Coyote] Oh my
gosh, that’s crazy. (insects rapidly jumping) Got one. Look, look, look. Right there, you see his
little head sticking out? I believe that’s a sand flea. That is creepy. Alright, note to self,
don’t lay on this beach. I’m just gonna disperse some
of this dead seaweed back out and cover up the sand flea city. I’ve never seen
anything like that. Millions upon millions
of sand fleas. Alright, let’s head this
way down the coastline and see what else we can find. – [Coyote Voiceover] As we
continued down the coastline, we soon realized it was
unlike any low tide scenario we had explored before. I carefully examined
potential hiding spots where animals may be waiting
for the tide to return, but so far, beside from
thousands of fleas, I wasn’t seeing a
single living creature. The sun was getting
low in the sky, when all of a sudden our
luck took the perfect turn and put us right in the midst of an animal we had always
hoped to get up close for the cameras. – Oh, it’s a turtle. Oh no, it’s a horseshoe crab. – What? – Look at this. – [Mark] Is it alive? – Oh, it is alive, look at that. Wow, I thought
that was a turtle. Oh my gosh, I just saw the lump, I thought it was a carapace. Alright, let’s do this. I’m gonna gently lift it
up out of the grasses here. Let’s see, oh, it’s strong. Look at that, wow.
– What an alien. – Look at its tail go. Here, back up a little bit so
I’m not sitting in the water. Woah, look at that,
oh my goodness. That is a horseshoe crab. What a bizarre-looking creature. Now you may be thinking, Coyote, is that
thing going to pinch and bite you like crazy? No, they actually just
have a little tiny mouth right in the center. And they have no stinger,
no fangs, no teeth. Look at that back tail there. Now, they’ve gotten a bad
reputation because of the tail. People think that
that’s venomous. It actually is not. Ow, ow, ow, but the
side little spikes there are definitely very, very spiny. Let me see if I
can get it to just lay in the palm of my hand. Oh, that feels
really, really creepy. Now it’s called
a horseshoe crab, but it’s not actually
related to crabs at all. It’s more closely related
to spiders and scorpions. This is one large arthropod. Now, wait, it is
pinching me a little bit. They do have these
front pedipalps up front that they use to harvest food
off of the basin of the ocean. Wow, I am so excited right now. Hold on, I gotta compose
myself because I did not think we were gonna come across
a horseshoe crab out here. Now if you look straight on, where it gets the
name, horseshoe crab, let me hold it like that. Looks just like a
horseshoe, right? – [Mark] Totally. – And if you look right at
the front of the face there, you see these little spots? Those are compound eyes. Actually, this animal
has nine eyes in total. The two right here, five light-sensing eyes
on top of its carapace, and then on the
underside, two simple eyes that they actually use to kind
of sense their environment. And scientists think that
the eyes on the underside are actually just leftover from when they were
in a larva stage. – [Mark] So wait, those are
eyes on the top of that? – [Coyote] Yes. And it actually looks
like a face, doesn’t it? You see that? – [Mark] I always thought
that that was just a helmet, like a shell protection. – Well the top of this animal
is called the carapace, just like a lot of
other arthropod species. This is a very dense,
very hard exoskeleton. They don’t actually
have an endoskeleton, you know, bones and
cartilage like a human. But on the underside,
look at that. Looks just like a
scorpion or a spider. – [Mark] Woh, can I
touch the top of it? – Yeah, yeah,
yeah, totally safe. – Is it tough? Oh, wow. – Yup, exoskeleton. – It’s just like a
turtle shell actually. – Yeah, well I thought
it was a turtle when we first walked up. And look, you’ve got some
sort of a barnacle growing up on top of it. It’s covered in a little
bit of algae and seaweed. Now here’s something
that you may not know. It’s something very cool. Let me turn it like this and just hold it in
the palm of my hand. That is me holding
a living fossil. The ancestors of the horseshoe
crab have been on the planet for over 450 million years. And this species right here is
the Atlantic horseshoe crab. There’s only four horseshoe
crab species in the world. This is the only one that
can be found off the coast of the United States. And this one
specifically, this design, the Atlantic horseshoe
crab has not changed in over 230 million years. That dates back to
the Triassic Period. So this creature was
crawling around on the basin of the ocean during the
time of the dinosaurs. How cool is that? Now they do get quite
a bit bigger than this and I’m guessing
this is a female. The females are about 25%
larger than the males. Wow, it’s almost
impossible to hold on to. Look at the underside. – [Mark] It does
look like a stinger. – It does, and that’s why people
are afraid of these things. They think they’re
gonna get stung. Look at this, nope. This tail is actually
just used like a rudder, although it does
have all these barbs. It’s very intimidating, but
it cannot hurt you at all. In fact, if a horseshoe
crab gets flipped on its back like that, see, it tries to
right itself up? It actually can’t. And that’s a big misnomer that
these arthropods are capable of flipping
themselves back over. There’s actually a
conservation effort that was launched in the
80s called Just Flip ‘Em. And the Just Flip ‘Em concept
is that if you’re walking down the beach and you
see a horseshoe crab that’s flipped on
its back like this, from, like, a
crashing of a wave, what you’re supposed to do is
just gently grab the carapace and flip it right-side up. Now, you don’t wanna
pick it up by its tail because you can actually
injure the animal if you hold it like that. Look at that, Mark, it’s
coming right toward you. – [Mark] Do they ever
come on land for anything or are they just purely aquatic? – Well, between June and August, they come very close
to shore to breathe. And the way that they do that is the female will kind of
nestle down in the rocks and the male will come
in and latch himself onto the back of the female. Horseshoe crabs can breathe
underwater or out of the water because a lot of the time
when breeding’s taking place, sometimes they’re caught as
the tide goes out too quickly and it can actually breathe air. Wow, I have really wanted
to feature a horseshoe crab on Beyond The Tide and it’s kind of being in the
right place at the right time that we came across
one of these giants. Look at that thing. That’s as big as my face is. Woah, I do have to watch
out for that tail though. I don’t wanna get
stabbed in the eye by it. Well, how cool is this? Coming across one of the
most bizarre creatures you can ever stumble
upon in the tide pools, the horseshoe crab. I’m Coyote Peterson. Be brave. Stay wild. We’ll see you on
the next adventure. Alright, let’s let her
back off into the ocean. – [Coyote Voiceover] Despite
its angry appearance, intimidating spike tail, and creepy set of
legs and pinchers, the horseshoe crab is one of
the friendliest marine animals you can stumble upon. If you see one in the wild, simply admire it from
a respectful distance. If you see one
flipped on its back, have no fear when it comes
to picking the animal up and gently setting it
back into the water. If you thought
getting face-to-face with the horseshoe
crab was fascinating, make sure you go back
and check out the time we encountered an octopus. And don’t forget, subscribe,
so you can join me and the crew on our next Beyond
The Tide adventure. – And one really cool
feature about the octopus is its ability to camouflage
with its environment.

Randy Schultz

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100 thoughts on “Do Horseshoe Crabs STING?!

  1. Brazil NeymarMagic says:

    How you aint dead

  2. Lukas Ojeda says:

    Why do u risk ur life getting bit by horrifying bugs

  3. Wolfie Cookie Gacha says:

    XD can I touch it TOTALLY!

  4. Guille Ayala says:

    its look like its combine into a crab and a turtle

  5. The doricorn says:

    Put my hand in there? alright

  6. Matthew Williams says:

    Yes k

  7. HOME BOY YT says:

    Looks more like a kabuto from Pòkemon XD

  8. aa a says:

    why didnt you take off that barnacel off it?

  9. Frozt Unknown says:

    These things are so gross but I love watching these vids

  10. Sophie Mostly says:

    they are shrimp

  11. starving kid from africa says:

    Not sure if he mentioned it but it’s bloods blue aswell

  12. Mister Jostuuurr says:

    I think Coyote raided area 51's oasis to find a alien…

  13. Water Sheep says:

    1:50 he his related to alien alien drop they kid on earth but they don’t evolve lol

  14. sergioheat 5 says:

    wow this guy on drugs

  15. Mya Rathbun says:

    Killer bee sting

  16. Gerry Lainhart says:

    Thats not what you think it is its a pond monster

  17. Florey Goedhart says:

    When I saw horseshoe crab I Clicked immediately, for those doesn’t know this crab has a great contribution to medical lab field since we use this for different tests to diagnose patients diseases.

  18. Davu says:

    The medical industry is sucking these creatures blood out, literally. Their blue-colored blood sells for thousands of dollars.

  19. *Fìøññå thé ÙwÚ* says:

    Coyote I seen a dead horseshoe crab when I was like 9 and it was huge and it was on it's back I was gonna flip it but my mom told that it was dead that it was just sad that no one helped it.
    I'm older now I wish I we where just there sooner and i knew i could flip it because this was when I saw this video about week ago I'm still sad what a cool Creature had to die it could've had a family that where waiting for her/him.😭😭😭😭

  20. Jerry Sandro Pereira says:

    тнαт fυ¢кιиg ∂αиgєяσυѕ

  21. YoureABabyGeniusSC says:

    yesterday, my mother did come across a horseshoe crab at Jekyll Island in Georgia, and thinks that it's a she trying to give birth, but we were unsure of the assumption

  22. NOWhERE says:

    Fallout4 ? Anyone ?

  23. Basse says:

    4:35 oh heeeell nah!

  24. Daniel Kapic says:

    My mind :"horses| hoe"

  25. Lievs Youtube Gialogo says:

    Is this horshoe lake why

  26. Daisy. says:

    Who else thinks it should be called a stingray looks literally like a stingray.

  27. Master 6270 says:

    I've stepped on one of those before IT HURTS

  28. Kaunu Tee says:

    Do you know that is a pound monster from the sheres

  29. Kronos Rogers says:

    I've never seen a person get so excited over a turtle.

    but then again its Coyote

  30. Fernando Loya says:

    When I see it, me as a Pokémon fan, I thought this was a Kabuto

  31. Merle Garcia says:

    Coyote:Look a horseshoe crab

    Horseshoe crab:I'm the best and cutest aliens u can have! Just don't take me home – _-

  32. Chris Mon says:

    I thought he said breath instead of breed I was like wait wuh????

  33. Rosalina Darling says:

    I don’t know what I’m watching anymore 😛

  34. Sarah Kreller says:

    Those things look like they smell disgusting and taste even worse

  35. Elizabeth Barone says:

    I actually pet a horseshoecrad

  36. Joshua Semer says:

    What a werid looking dog

  37. Cheyenne Brooke says:

    0:09 that thing was just like “what the hell dude. Disrespectful, put me down.”

  38. Zack king 2 Darwich says:

    Who else is watching this in bed

  39. alice byskov says:

    holy poop

  40. Parminder Kaur says:

    Give a like if u think that he looks like tyler from dude perfect

  41. Mario Sejahtera says:

    how come u gonna met the Dinosaur?

  42. Irene Soto says:


  43. Irene Soto says:

    THIS IT WHAT I LOOK LIKE my picture

  44. Ana Grace Fangayen says:

    They can def flip themselves over when theyre in the sand…… i’ve seen it happen at the jersey shore

  45. Decaln Mcclure says:

    Anyone here in 2019

  46. Carlos Navarro says:

    They look like Mirelurks from fallout 4

  47. Elijah Cabello says:

    "The sun was getting low in the sky, when all of a sudden, our luck took a turn and put us in the midst of an animal we had always hoped to get up close for the cameras."

    "Oh look, it's a tURtlE!"

  48. KingG 501 says:

    They look like a freaking Face Hugger

  49. AidricAnimates YT says:

    Coyote: oH ItS A tURtlE

  50. Luis Gabriel says:

    This guy is brave!

  51. X2_ Imortally says:

    Build your own zoo

  52. GCB644 says:

    The horseshoe crab has a big boner

  53. Kiara Tamayo says:

    I feed 1 boy 1 and 1 girl 1

  54. Dulce Pacheco says:

    Coyote Peterson is too excited over everything

  55. ツJamal says:

    Who hates school?

  56. Kylee Connelly says:


  57. gameing with christian says:

    wow a horseshoe crab

  58. Dark iRon Bricks says:

    Put my hand in there ?

  59. 0Kay0 0129 says:

    I have to say he is more exciting National Geographic and discovery channel… BUT NOT AS EXCITING AS WILD KRATTS. POINT. BLANK. PERIODT.


    IF THE song isn’t correct sorry I didn’t copy and paste just memory 😂😂😍😍

    Make blue 👇🏽 if you agree 😍🥶🥵✌🏽

  60. Sharky Dinosaur says:

    That’s a girl also I’ve caught one

  61. Ömer Demirov says:

    O ne oyle uzaylimi

  62. snowyChanHD1121 I do not have a channel yet XD says:

    its a mutated stingray XD

  63. Cute Panda Banegas says:

    The horseshoe crab has 10 eyes tho

  64. 10 thousand subs with no videos Challenge says:

    Cayote: Meeeehhhh STING ME !!!!

  65. Uber driver says:

    He is from Area 51

  66. AzureHeartSong says:

    Horseshoe crabs also have bright blue blood and it’s one of the most valuable substances on the planet.

  67. The God Of Pepsi says:

    its gills looks like a isopod's gills

  68. Andrew Essence says:

    I'm coyote peterson and I'm about to enter the sting stone with……the sting ray

  69. Teddy Richards says:

    I believe those sand fleas he calls them are amphapods there bigger than copepods

  70. Wesley Mcspadden says:


  71. Enzo van Oorschot says:

    Its looks like a Pokémon

  72. 50k subs WITH videos says:

    Imagine if these liked to dwell in houses

  73. Michael ?!. says:

    did cayote just went to area 51 and find an alien

  74. CSchmo Styles says:

    Coyote: *dies*

    Mark: r u okay?

  75. Skylar Ray says:

    i saw dead ones at the beach. the tail can (if you step on it) go straight through your foot. we were in the ocean, where you can’t see below your middle-stomach. it was also jellyfish season. very scary.

  76. jmeaster1 says:

    Can’t believe they are related to spiders and scorpions😳 And that fact that the tail doesn’t help them flip themselves over blew my mind, if I ever see on flipped over Ill make it a mission to have whatever guy Im with flip it over for me😊😂

  77. Daphne Zhu says:

    A Kabuto

  78. Benjamin Spencer says:

    I saw a dead Horseshoe Crab at the beach so I got a stick and started playing with it

  79. Deku GaminYT says:

    It looks like kabuto in pokemon

  80. Nolan Brosnahan says:

    1:58 PUT MY HAND IN THERE?alright

  81. TashaM Schusler says:

    Coyote guys this is the horse shoe crab AAAAAAAA

    Me coyote R U ok

  82. SmackAttack says:

    its a.a…a….a

  83. Sharleez Auni Sufian says:

    This is a joke whats a horse thats looses a shoe a horseshoecrab

  84. rhemir centeno says:

    Magkakaroon ka talaga ng super powers

  85. Waldo Meyer says:

    What time of the year do they come to south African waters

  86. Arianna Franco says:

    So creepy but cool

  87. Xd Potato_aim says:

    It look like the pokemon kabutops

  88. Xxtentacion G A C H AxX says:

    The horse shoe crab is adorable!!!😊😊😊

  89. Raven -memes, gaming and MORE! says:

    Trilobites in 2017

  90. Raven -memes, gaming and MORE! says:

    It is related to trilobites too

  91. Arogon Solo says:

    Not to mention horseshoe crabs have blue blood

  92. Stormbreaker BreKer says:

    2:21 airtime trampoline intensifies

  93. pro kinglord says:

    Coyote: i just broke up with my girl friend

    Mark: what's wrong

  94. pro kinglord says:

    me: don't let the sand flea bite

    Coyote: they don't bite


  95. Sky_kun says:

    I love these guys. They get me piercing pods when I'm in a pinch!

  96. Ohne Mampf kein Kampf says:

    Kabuto ⭕ ⭕

  97. Puffin Fratercula says:

    I know now that its harmless, but it still looks scary af

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