Living Fossil in Taiwan

Some 350,000 baby Asian horseshoe crabs bred in captivity were released into the ocean near Kinmen yesterday in an effort to conserve the species.

The release was conducted under the supervision of officials from the Kinmen Aquaculture Research Institute (KARI), which bred the crabs.

KARI researchers said the horseshoe crab is nearly extinct in waters surrounding Taiwan proper but it is occasionally seen near the Penghu Island group and on the west coast of Taiwan proper.

The release was conducted under the supervision of officials from the Kinmen Aquaculture Research Institute (KARI), which bred the crabs.

Since 2006 KARI has staged annual releases of baby horseshoe crabs to help accelerate the natural replenishment of the species, known as a “living fossil” because it has changed little in its 400 million years of existence.

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