|Last week, the Chula Vista Nature Center staff added California Spider Crabs to the popular Shark & Ray Experience, a common resident in San Diego waters. This week. the Nature Center is proud to announce their newest addition to their marine creature collection - Horseshoe Crabs.
Unlike other animal residents found at the Center, Horseshoe Crabs are not native to California. These odd creatures are common on the east coast. Horseshoe Crabs are not true crabs; they are more closely related to terrestrial spiders and ticks. Their existence can be traced back to a time before dinosaurs â€“ some consider them to be living fossils.
The Horseshoe Crabs are on temporary exhibit at the Nature Center, isolated from other exhibit animals.
The Nature Center is located at 1000 Gunpowder Point Drive, west of the â€śEâ€ť Street exit from I-5. Normal operating hours are Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Center will be open during the holidays on Dec. 26, 27, 29, 30 and 31, and will resume regular hours beginning January 2.
Note to Media: Digital photographs of Horseshoe Crabs and Spider Crabs are available by request by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.