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ID this fish

Post by brandonng » Mon Jul 02, 2007 3:58 pm

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what is it???

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Re: ID this fish

Post by dBs™ » Mon Jul 02, 2007 6:28 pm

That's a horse shoe crab. They are quite common in our shores. :lol:

Horseshoe crab uses its tail to "right" itself if it is accidentally overturned. If you see a struggling horseshoe crab, do help it. :nod:
This harmless crab will not hurt you. :D

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Re: ID this fish

Post by Darth Salacious » Mon Jul 02, 2007 10:16 pm

Hi Brandon, welcome to the forum! :lol: :thumbsup:

Did you catch those crabs?
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Re: ID this fish

Post by brandonng » Tue Jul 03, 2007 1:53 am

ya..i caught it...

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Post by Peace » Tue Jul 03, 2007 8:08 am

There are two types of horseshoe crabs in Singapore - the Mangrove Horseshoe crab and the Coastal Horseshoe crab; the latter being the larger species. Yours should be the Coastal type. Although it has been said that the tail is harmless, I've met a mud crab hunter who said he has been pierced by one before, right through his boots. :shocked:

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Post by Darth Salacious » Tue Jul 03, 2007 9:19 am

Oh, using the conventional crab net? :grin:
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Post by Peace » Tue Jul 03, 2007 11:27 am

Nah, he uses a wire hook to yank the mud crabs out of their burrows. I think the horseshoe crab may have been embedded under soft mud when he stepped on it.

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Post by Darth Salacious » Tue Jul 03, 2007 12:19 pm

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought that these crabs are a protected species in Singapore due to their waning population?
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Post by Peace » Tue Jul 03, 2007 7:51 pm

I don't think they're protected species, but I could be wrong. Both mud crabs and horseshoe crabs can still be commonly found. However, catching them in protected places such as nature reserve is another matter. :p

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Re: ID this fish

Post by Darth Salacious » Wed Jul 04, 2007 9:03 am

Oh, I see.
Thanks for clearing the air about this, boss. :lol: :thumbsup:
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