Pet me. Fun facts about these cute little suckers: 1. Those long pointy spikes on their butts arent dangerous. If they are out on dry land to have sex and they
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Fun facts about these cute little suckers:

1. Those long pointy spikes on their butts arent dangerous. If they are out on dry land to have sex and they get flipped over, they use that tail spike to flip themselves back over. This keeps gulls from eating them.

2. They have 10 separate eyes all over the surface of their shells which help them see everything around them at any given time.

3. They have blue blood. This blood is also extracted by scientists and is used to treat diabetes, stomach ulcers and almost every form of cancer.

These little arthropods of the sea are cute and harmless and help save lives. Good on you, horseshoe crab.

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#1 - flemsdfer ONLINE (02/03/2014) [+] (1 reply)
Well now I know what flipping through a book of ham would look like. So that's something......
#26 - chokolocco (02/04/2014) [+] (1 reply)
my face when arthropods
my face when arthropods

#27 to #26 - chokolocco (02/04/2014) [-]
my face after description
my face after description
#15 - hugsta (02/04/2014) [+] (1 reply)
Looking at that makes my balls feel weird
and not in a good way
#5 - thenewmaroi (02/04/2014) [+] (2 replies)
So that's where it came from
#6 - dejax (02/04/2014) [+] (13 replies)
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#16 - thelizardlord (02/04/2014) [-]
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#30 - weenis **User deleted account** (02/04/2014) [+] (1 reply)
it might be cool to own one
#38 - puut (02/04/2014) [-]
******* adorable.
#36 - Unimaksu (02/04/2014) [-]
With something like that I would have white wine, I think.
#25 - vladpills (02/04/2014) [-]
The horseshoe crab if im right?

What you said about their blue is actually true and fascinating, considering that their blood, by itself kills other pathogens and any viruses if we humans had their blood, inside our bodies, we'd basically never be sick, and only die from old age/natural death.

Its used to completely sterilize objects that are going to be placed inside a human body, so there isnt any foreign microbe or body on them. Such things include implants mostly.

The cool thing is though, that 1L of their blood, costs about 15,000-20,000 Dollars

#22 - coaldawg (02/04/2014) [-]
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User avatar #18 - BILLYBAM (02/04/2014) [-]
i was in an aquarium and they had a little tank with the horseshoe crabs in it like these you could pet them or pick them up. i went to touch one when my uncle grabbed my other arm and i screamed. loudly.
#8 - xxxsonic fanxxx (02/04/2014) [+] (2 replies)
'The Bay', anyone?
#42 - boxofwonderz (02/04/2014) [-]
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User avatar #39 - tenthousandmarbles **User deleted account** (02/04/2014) [-]
Fun fact we also use their blood in Pharmaceutics to test whether or not the sterilization processes actually work. If their blood coagulates, the sample has too many pyrogens, and is not sterile.
#37 - guldknight (02/04/2014) [-]
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#35 - aulubear ONLINE (02/04/2014) [-]
MFW I have patted one on the top and may have totally hit it's eye.

Sorry lil dude.
User avatar #23 - captainfuckitall ONLINE (02/04/2014) [-]
So you're telling me that if I pick this thing up, no matter where I touch it on its shell, I'm probably gonna be touching one of its eyeballs?

Also, fun fact: Its blood is blue because (like most shellfish) it has more Copper in its blood, as a mineral, than anything else. The blood of mammals and other land creatures is red because we have more Iron as a mineral. There's also some other mineral that gives you green blood, but I forget what it is.
#20 - ferriuszg ONLINE (02/04/2014) [-]
This will haunt my dreams...
This will haunt my dreams...
#17 - mastercolossus (02/04/2014) [-]
**mastercolossus rolled a random image posted in comment #4 at Perverted Karma ** nope.
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