This is a horseshoe crab shell we found on the beach last fall. He has spent the winter on our porch.
Mostly on our porch.
Since horseshoe crabs shed their shells when they grow, this shell is very light since its former occupant left. Either that or it is possessed.
It keeps moving around the yard. It is in the dormant flower beds one day. By the driveway the next. We never know where he is going to show up. One morning he was by the mailbox. Remarkably, with all this travel he only has slight damage on the side of the shell. We've never found him upside down, and he is always pointing towards the street. Mysterious.
You can learn more about these ancient creatures here. We love 'em, even if we don't always want to swim with them. This is a beautiful book about the cycle of horseshoe crab spawning.
Unfortunately this book doesn't have any tips on what to do when a discarded horseshoe crab shell becomes possessed.
Maybe it just needs a name. Ideas?