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Florida Fish & Wildlife needs your help tracking horseshoe crabs in Southwest Florida

Posted: 7:36 PM, Mar 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-13 07:35:26-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — The Florida Fish and Wildlife research institute is asking for your help to track horseshoe crabs across Florida to help study its population.

Horseshoe crabs have been around for about 450 million years, yet the FWC says they know very little about the population in Florida.

They are entering mating season this Spring, and the FWC says this is the best time to spot them during high tide, and within three days of a new or full moon.

The most recent new moon was March 6.

The FWC has a Florida horseshoe crab watch program , that's a citizen science initiative to collect data across the state.

The FWC asks the public to report sightings through one of several options. The FWC Reporter app is free to download on Apple or Android smartphones or tablets. You can also report findings via email at horseshoe@MyFWC.com or by phone at 866-252-9326.