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.

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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.

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This remarkable little bird migrates thousands of miles each year on its annual migration from the tip of South America to its breeding grounds in the Arctic.

Behold the Horseshoe Crab! This extraordinary creature is both ancient and irreplaceable - for humankind and others. A small bird's very survival depends on the horseshoe crab.




Producer, Writer, & Director
Allison Argo

Associate Producer
Cici Clark

Michael Male
Andrew Young

Allison Argo

Musical Composition
Tom Phillips

Jed Schwartz

Underwater/Additional Camera
Chris Szwedo

Additional Editing
Julie Kahn
Chris Szwedo

Paul Rusnak

Allison Argo

Online Editor & Colorist
Dave Allen

Sound Mix
Jim Sullivan
Mix One Studios

Stock Footage
Historic Films
Dr. Mark Botton

Special Thanks
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