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As always, the horseshoe crabs answered the call of the Memorial Day full moon When the full moon called over the past weekend, the horseshoe crabs answered along stretches of the Delaware Bay beach. The full moon coincided with a strong spring tide and when it dropped its way gently back down the beach, hundreds of the pre-his- toric creatures remained marooned on the dry sand laid smooth by the fide. Cliff Diver, whose home over- looks the Delaware Bay beach, said years of observing have taught him that the biggest run of horseshoe crabs comes with the full moon closest to Memorial Day. "Happens year in and year out that way," said Diver. One female crab, marooned a few days before, and dead, was turned on her back. In the mois- ture of her inner cavities, thou- . sands of pale green eggs - the del- icate green caviar prized so highly by migrating shorebirds - glis- tened in the noonday sun. The eggs are a little larger than the sprinkles people sometimes put on their ice cream though not as appetizing - at least to people. Other horseshoe crabs, far from dead, and far from abandoning their age-old instinct of climbing the sands to deposit and fertilize eggs, dug their claws into the sand and left a distinct trail looking like that which might be left by a child's toy tank. In the lead were the females, larger by fifty percent than the males. Close behind came the males. Horseshoe crabs are uniquely outfitted for the busi- ness of procreation as are most creatures. The female has fiat tabs BAREF00TIN' Dennis Forney the size of quarters reaching from the back of their shells on either side of their threatening tails. Nature's provided those tabs to coincide precisely with the dis- tinctly muscled front claws of the males who get a grip and hold on for the ride. When the female finds a spot that suits her, she digs a nest into the sand and begins depositing eggs. The male, hang- ing on for dear life - and to endear life - then fertilizes the fresh new eggs. With any luck, the female will have timed the tide correctly and chosen her site well so that her freshly-fertilized eggs get car- fled back into the sea before most of them have geen gobbled up by the red knots, the semi-palmated sandpipers, and the turnstones. Many of the crabs get turned over on the beach by waves and by their own action of pushing with claws and getting the front edge of their shells wedged in the sand ahead. When they get turned, they struggle for a while, and then fold up to await a wave. Man documents wildcat track Jack Frazer, who lives east of Georgetown, found this foot- print in the snow near a deer stand where he was hunting in mid-January. "It was on the Rosella Day farm west of George- town, on Rt. 18," said Frazer. "Right near the Layton Vaughn Ditch." The pen knife is five inches long in the open position as shown in this photograph. That makes the track about four inches wide. Frazer placed the open knife above the track to provide a sense of the size of the animal that made it. "It had to be a cougar or a bobcat," said Frazer. "Another man in that area told me he saw a big cat along Rt. 9 west of Georgetown. That's basically the same are& And that's not a dog track. It doesn't show the nails that a dog has. What it does show is the pads that a cat has. A big cat." Frazer, in addition to being a hunter, also carves wildlife figures includ- ing decoys, songbirds and shorebirds Officials in New Castle County have been tracking a cougar seen occasionally by res- idents over the past few months and coastal dwellers report sightings of wildcats oeeasionaily in the marshes and woods along waterways - habitat favored by wildcats. APE GAZETYE. Friday. 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