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Posted March 23. 2014 6:57PM

Horseshoe crabs: Part spider, part medical wonder and now in danger

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Bleeding the crabs for medical purposes — which carries a 15 percent mortality rate — likely only accounts for a small part of the dwindling numbers. But a recent study by University of New Hampshire and Plymouth State University researchers found that it may slow down the females and impede their attempts to make the long swim toward shore.