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Spring is mating season for the horseshoe crab

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FWC officials are asking for help in identifying horseshoe crab spawning locations. FWC officials are asking for help in identifying horseshoe crab spawning locations.
MIAMI, FL (WFLA) - Spring marks horseshoe crabs' mating season and wildlife officials are asking for help in identifying spawning sites.

A statement by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says beachgoers can spot mating horseshoe crabs around high tide, just before, during or after a new or full moon. The conditions around the full moon this Sunday and the new moon on March 30th will be ideal.

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Spotters are asked to take note of how many crabs they see and to provide the date, time, location, habitat type and environmental conditions - such as tides and moon phase.

Reports can be made online by visiting the commission's website, by email at horseshoeMyFWC.com or by calling 866-252-9326.

The survey program began in 2002 and last year brought in over 2,800 reports.

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