Crash: A Tale of Two Species
Each year a small shorebird must make a 10,000-mile journey from the southern tip of South America to its nesting grounds in the Arctic – one of the longest migrations on earth. This pocket-sized long distance traveler times its migration precisely to coincide with the annual spawning of one of earth's most ancient creatures: the horseshoe crab. It's horseshoe crab eggs on the Delaware Bay that fuel the little bird’s epic journey to the Arctic. In the 1990s the fishing industry discovered that horseshoe crabs make good bait for eel and conch. As these industries boomed, horseshoe crabs were collected by the truckload...and red knot numbers started to crash.
The story of the red knot and the horseshoe crab is a living example of how every species is interconnected – each one important, no matter how big or small. As the fate of two extraordinary creatures teeters on the edge, humankind must grapple with the economics and politics of extinction.
Producer, Writer, & Director
Online Editor & Colorist
Mix One Studios
Dr. Mark Botton
American Bird Conservancy
Carl N. Shuster, Jr.
Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey
Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife
Delaware State University
Endosafe, Charles River Laboratories
Government of Nunavut, Department of Environment
New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife
New Jersey Natural Lands Trust
University of Delaware
U.S. Geological Survey