Hope & Healing Through Photography and Poetic Expression

Horseshoe Crab Healer

Meet the Sea Creature
we call: Crab of

 You may wonder why he is
worthy of a post,
and splashy
photo too.


Unlike us humans,
having blood

 The Horseshoe Crab
emits serum of
blue copper


 This ancient living fossil
is a
healer and

 He may even save your
very life,
time and time


His blue blood
possesses unique

 Exposing toxins in our drug supply,
and alerting us
to lurking bacterial


This marvelous shelled creature
boasts ten compounded eyes
containing a thousand
sensors of

Making medical research on our
own optic nerves a
most successful


With such precious gifts to give us,
Having existed long before
dinosaurs ever

Let us vow to protect the
Horseshoe Crab,
and honor him
with this


© Robyn Lee


* Enjoy learning more enlightening facts about this miraculous creature:

Natural History: The Amazing Horseshoe

How the Horseshoe Crab protects Public Health:

Medical Uses

91 responses

  1. I love the visual procession of parading horseshoe crabs!

    September 19, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    • Me too Memoirs ~ so glad to know they are friendly and harmless — and very generous in gifts too!! Glad you enjoyed 😉 x

      September 19, 2012 at 11:14 PM

  2. I have never even heard of a horseshoe crab – this is great information as well as being a beautiful image and poem.

    September 19, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    • Wow — Thank you Julie!!! So happy to educate… I take for granted everyone knows these guys as they are so plentiful around here 😉 I put a link under the poem that offers all kinds of fun info on them if you want to learn more… even a fun little song on that site 🙂 xo Sending Love …

      September 19, 2012 at 11:16 PM

      • I saw the link but haven’t investigated yet – thank Robyn and sending love back bigtime!

        September 19, 2012 at 11:34 PM

  3. an excellent tribute to the Crab of Horseshoe. an informative poem dedicated to a creature not very often acknowledged..How are you doing, Robyn?

    September 19, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    • Thanks nightlake. To be honest – I knew they were harmless, but not until I took this shot, and did some homework, did I truly appreciate how generous these little guys are to man!! I am hanging in — one day at at at time — today was better than yesterday – more investigations ahead… Keeping hope — Good thoughts your way dear friend ~ R

      September 19, 2012 at 11:19 PM

      • Thank you so much, Robyn. Hope things will get better for you with time. have a peaceful day.

        September 21, 2012 at 6:14 AM

  4. Never heard of the horseshoe crab, but this is a very generous and fine poem. Informative, full of respect and admiration for another creature…nicely done Robyn. I learned something knew today

    September 19, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    • Thank you boomie — I learned a bunch on these guys too. Never knew what I could write about this photo when I took it back in July!! I added a extra link up under the poem that has a bunch more fascinating info on these amazing sea healers — even a song tribute on there somewhere 🙂 So happy you enjoyed! xo

      September 19, 2012 at 11:22 PM

  5. Lovely image and craftily composed poem Robyn! Lovely tribute to the Horseshoe Crab and all of it’s many wonders. Hoping the “giggle therapy” continues this positive effect on you! xo!

    September 19, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    • Well I have to say Stan- had this one saved, but was going to post my ‘self-portrait’ which is on the gloomier/more personal side of things… but after seeing your post tonight — there was no way I could not be cheered — So went with the Dr. Crab here LOL! ….. So glad you enjoyed Stan – thank you for giggle elixir tonight — much needed 🙂 xxoo

      September 19, 2012 at 10:58 PM

      • ((pourin’ you another glass full))…you’re a Treasure….;)!

        September 19, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    • ooo I will take that glass Stan — Thank you kind friend!

      September 21, 2012 at 12:54 PM

  6. You have a gift for recieving unusual gifts … The world is conspiring for your healing … Nice

    September 19, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    • That is a wonderful vision you have offered me Tarek — I will take it to sleep now, and that in and of itself is a gift! Thank you for your visit tonight — and have a wonderful day ahead my kind friend! xo

      September 19, 2012 at 11:33 PM

  7. What an interesting use of a poem…. to create knowledge…. I love the poem and the photo is superb… and then the knowledge imparted…. what a great post…. love it…

    September 19, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    • Thank you dear bulldog– so glad you enjoyed the post – a little info on this natural wonder. Hope you are basking in family and wonderful adventures! Miss you even though you were never here to start — just knowing you are on a journey… always glad to see you visit here!! Be safe! xo

      September 20, 2012 at 10:58 AM

  8. Very nice tribute, Miss Robyn. 🙂

    September 20, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    • So pleased you enjoyed Mr. Scott 🙂 x

      September 20, 2012 at 10:59 AM

      • 🙂

        September 20, 2012 at 11:08 AM

  9. A lecturing poem! Thank you so much Robyn. You have to know that you are an amazing and really gifted poet! Big hugs to you! 🙂 xxo

    September 20, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    • Yes – poojy – it is very much an educational poem isn’t it 🙂 — didn’t plan it that way but kind of cool ! Thank you for your very generous compliment — gifted — not so sure — but definitely passionate about whatever I pen ;)O xxoo

      September 20, 2012 at 11:00 AM

  10. yazrooney

    Oh my word, Robyn, I didn’t know that about this crab! Thanks for the info, given so eloquently. And you’ve made Mr. Crab look ever so beautiful!

    September 20, 2012 at 4:45 AM

    • I am so happy you liked Mr. Crab Yaz 🙂 Yes — I learned a bunch doing my research for this too! Had no clue when I took the shot that he had so many attributes to write about ~ nature is an amazing thing! Thank you dearest one ~ Much Love …

      September 20, 2012 at 11:02 AM

  11. That’s so interesting Robyn! I’ve never come across this before and have just been reading about it on the link you attached. Thanks so much for not just just bringing a lovely photo and poem but some special knowledge! Thinking of you, Ruth xx

    September 20, 2012 at 5:27 AM

    • Thank you dear Ruth – so appreciate. Yes – a pretty cool little creature this horseshoe guy (or gal). Very happy you enjoyed the post and sending warm thoughts your way today as well!! xo R

      September 20, 2012 at 11:04 AM

  12. Wonderful. Educational and moving at once. Absolutely loved it and can’t wait to share it with my children. Much love to you and prayers that you are doing well. XOXO Robyn

    September 20, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    • So glad you enjoyed this Robyn. Little did I know when I took the shot that I’d uncover a wealth of knowledge to share about this amazing horseshoe crab! Yes – please share with the kids – they will never fear these creatures in the sea after knowing the whole story 🙂 Thank you for your kind thoughts my way — hanging in — have had some rough days this week (even did a post and self-portrait on one of them but hesitate posting… maybe soon) … but holding my own now. NYC next week for more medical investigation. Sending Love xxoo

      September 20, 2012 at 11:10 AM

  13. RL 🙂 You went back To the sea 🙂
    wow wow wow 🙂
    what a gorgeous creature he is 🙂
    Sending you all my heart xxx
    and i just know your are doing better right xo
    🙂 🙂 🙂
    i can feel it from hear xxx
    love you so much xxx

    September 20, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    • Hey beautiful Cat — actually this was shot near my house – we have a bay at the end of the street 🙂 It’s from a while back — but just did the research so wanted to share the interesting tidbits I learned in a poem 🙂 A little better last day or so — It’s a roller coaster — even shot a self-portrait on a rough day, and wrote a poem about it — will share soon ~ my healing work – ya know? But it’s all good – and all the love here I do feel!! xxoo Big Hugs to you sweet one ~ R

      September 20, 2012 at 11:31 AM

      • I have something for l the WP Hearts coming up soon that will make you smile xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

        September 20, 2012 at 12:04 PM

  14. This is so interesting. I never knew this about the Horseshoe Crab. Love the photo too.

    September 20, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    • Yes I thought so too Renee… who knew? So many natural wonders it’s amazing. Glad you enjoyed the post dear one – thank you – big hug! xo

      September 20, 2012 at 11:48 AM

  15. WOW!!! Love the informative nature of this one, Robyn….healing on so many levels…and I have an image of horseshoe crabs on their back that I just revisited two days ago when going through some prints—- taken maybe 3 or 4 years back…will make a companion post…once again I have found so much inspiration here from wonderful you….xoxomeryl

    September 20, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    • Thank you dear Meryl — and impressed to learn that you were well-versed in the healing gifts of Horseshoe crabs!! Will look forward to seeing your image too — Much Love – and such a nice encounter today 😉 xo

      September 20, 2012 at 8:54 PM

      • yes, will get to it soon…can’t wait to see what it elicits…:-)

        September 21, 2012 at 5:18 AM

  16. Tom

    Robyn, your words always take me somewhere unexpected, a wonderful break from wherever I may be at the moment.

    September 20, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    • Oh Tom – thank you dear friend. I am so happy to take you places with me — and lend some escape occasionally. Such a lovely comment to read — Much Love ~R

      September 20, 2012 at 8:56 PM

  17. A serum of blue copper. I’d never heard of this before. Loved the info in poetic form. I also love the look of your blog, the theme and colors!

    September 20, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    • Thank you Lori — I know… I too was fascinated by the magical blue copper serum these creatures gift us with. … and all of their heath protective qualities. Very thrilled you enjoyed your visit, and find the bolt setting inviting — wonderful to know that!! Much Love your way ~ R

      September 20, 2012 at 8:58 PM

  18. Wow, what a beautiful blue copper tribute and gorgeous photo too, so inspiring as You as as well! I am so touched to hear the words from your Healing Heart, they move, touch and Tender my Own….with the deepest love for you, Linda

    September 20, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    • Thank you wonderful Linda … looking in every direction for all that nurtures and heals…even to the horseshoe crab!! 🙂 So appreciate all of your loving comments and wisdom ~ Much Love to you xo RL

      September 20, 2012 at 9:02 PM

  19. Oh, wow! I love how you educated us with your lovely, articulate poem. I didn’t know about the healing powers and medicinal qualities about the horseshoe crab.
    Perhaps I also need this for my own optic nerve.

    September 20, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    • Oh Fergi — so happy you enjoyed…. I learned quite a bit too about this horseshoe crab’s many health gifts to us. They do use these eyes for our scientific human optic nerve research — hope yours are ok my friend!! Love & Wellness xo R

      September 20, 2012 at 9:06 PM

  20. Beautiful photograph Robyn. Aren’t they just the most amazing creatures (of course every living thing fits that description doesn’t it?) Mother nature has all this bounty of wealth with answers to most of our needs, if we would but look and see. A wonderful Post today, Great information and the amazing talent of your photography! Just wonderful, my most special of friends, much warmth, energy and of course hugs your way this day, Penny xx

    September 20, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    • Yes Dear Penny – this is exactly what I thought when I started doing some research trying to think of what I could be inspired by in this living fossil. I had no idea!!! I do think our world is filled with these natural gifts/resources and sometimes we get so distracted by what ‘man can make’ that we forget what is right before our eyes. Preservation efforts are so important this way…. So glad you enjoyed the post — and sending you lots of love and hugs this evening! …. MY FRIEND!!!! 🙂 xo

      September 20, 2012 at 9:10 PM

  21. Thank you … a rose by any other name … would be called Robyn, my most gracious and loving friend, I am blessed in knowing you ~ Penny xo

    September 20, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    • Aww – thank you Penny — you are so loving I am always able to feel your sincerity… means so much to me, and you know I feel likewise xo Love and Hugs ~

      September 21, 2012 at 12:07 AM

      • imagine a great big smile (that’s on my face right now!), Robyn…sleep well! xx

        September 21, 2012 at 12:14 AM

  22. Nikunj

    Count me in …. Wonderfully informative poem …I am beginning to get addicted now ….when is our née blog coming up ?

    September 20, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    • You are very kind Nika — but no addictions allowed here 🙂 Will have to work on our little project soon. Not sure how to format — any ideas?
      ~ R

      September 21, 2012 at 12:48 PM

      • Nikunj

        Having no idea is a great beginning
        for the streams shall flow
        through new terrain
        they shall meet new rocks
        and the path they shall form
        shall be new too …
        Like a flight
        in a new sky ….

        Let’s call it magnetic conversations …..and see where it takes us …. 🙂

        September 23, 2012 at 11:27 PM

  23. momentswithmillie

    So lovely as always!

    September 21, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    • Thank you dear Millie! Appreciate! xo

      September 21, 2012 at 12:49 PM

  24. you are a da’ shit..

    September 21, 2012 at 4:33 AM

    • Ok – had to look up this “da’shit” expression masticone – LOL! — think it’s a compliment (= awesome??) ~~ so will gracefully say thank you kind one!! 🙂

      September 21, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      • I thought you knew it….
        so sorry u didn’t
        well… yes it is..
        In my memories (I used to live in U.S. once) it meant you are damn good….

        September 21, 2012 at 12:58 PM

      • So flattered – thank you for the love ~ I need to brush up on my ‘urban dictionary’ words 🙂 x

        September 21, 2012 at 1:04 PM

      • Anyway,,,, I missed you.,,,I know it’s dum… but it’s true

        September 21, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      • 🙂 thank you!

        September 21, 2012 at 1:08 PM

  25. Awesome Robyn, I had no idea ~ really interesting post 🙂

    September 21, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    • Thank you so much Polly — it is amazing where the photo blogs take me sometimes!! Now we all appreciate horseshoe crabs 🙂 xo

      September 21, 2012 at 12:52 PM

  26. Bob Fitterman

    I strongly encourage you read Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms…. lots of interesting material about prehistoric survivors.

    September 21, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    • Thank you Bob –I will have to checkout the book you suggested. This was a learning experience for me 🙂 despite living with these pre-historic creatures all these years out here!

      September 21, 2012 at 8:22 PM

  27. ~Lady Day

    Aw lovely Robyn…we seem to find the same kinds of things fascinating…Love this. They are gorgeous and intriguing. Thank you for sharing such gems love. Hope you are well this evening as can be expected. Sending healing hugs your way dear. X

    September 21, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    • Thank you RL 🙂 yes – we definitely have a soul connection ~ all started with that darn passion flower poem you wrote !! xxooo

      September 22, 2012 at 12:01 AM

      • ~Lady Day

        Lol…well…for me, it started with your adoration of the ocean….which I’ve not seen in a long time…and I miss it, very much. You give me a chance to feel it in my mind again Hugs to you dear.

        September 22, 2012 at 4:02 AM

    • 😉 Yes- soon will be winter weather – but I’m lucky to live at the beach – so if able will at least try to visit and bring it here whenever possible for YOU! ~ Gotta get my physical self together for those adventures — Rough week – but trying to turn it around some. Tuesday created a post/self-portrati during a very bad pain episode… will likely post later ~ one of those that I hope will be understood and not too alarming. Know you will understand xxoo

      September 22, 2012 at 10:07 AM

  28. Robin how I wish there were poems like the one you wrote in textbooks,it would make science so interesting…i didnt know anything about Horseshoe crab and your poem was so interesting i shared it with my friends..wonderfully informative
    loved it 🙂

    September 22, 2012 at 2:35 AM

    • Thank you Sweet Soma Sista 🙂 I am so happy to hear you felt this way. I actually thought about your cartoons your and poetry when I was writing this one! — Have to agree — how fun would it be to learn science this way. I was never a science fan – but since I appreciate the written word so much, if I had fun poems to read as well as hard facts, I ‘d have grasped so much more ! So appreciate that you shared my work — and have you in heart along with your entire family during this hard time after saying goodbye to your grandma. Also hope you are feeling better dear friend xo R

      September 22, 2012 at 10:11 AM

  29. Beautiful words. Kind thoughts coming towards you!
    Kind regards.

    September 22, 2012 at 7:03 AM

    • Oh thank you dear dilipnaidu! So appreciate your loving thoughts — and very happy you enjoyed my lesson in this sea creature. Hope you are well and warm thoughts your way too~ RL

      September 22, 2012 at 10:13 AM

  30. This is a new creature to me. Thank you Robyn!

    September 22, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    • So welcome Resa dearest ~ glad I could share – and leaned a bunch myself 🙂 xo

      September 22, 2012 at 10:40 AM

      • You are so awesome. I’m so glad you have entered my world. I’m with mom now, it’s hard but it’s good.

        September 22, 2012 at 6:47 PM

      • Oh Resa – deep breaths – enjoy her — sending all the good energy I can conjure xxoo much love dear one ~

        September 22, 2012 at 6:52 PM

      • xo♥xo

        September 22, 2012 at 6:53 PM

  31. Oh, I love this! Here, here to the horseshoe crab. I find sea creatures so fascinating, you wrote an amazing tribute! Hoping you are well, always sending happy bubble thoughts full of light and joy to you! 🙂

    September 22, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    • Aww than you Angel! So happy you had fun with this — and sending bubbly love back your way dear friend 🙂 xo

      September 22, 2012 at 11:10 AM

  32. What a fabulous photo and such an informative poem Robyn. Too seldom we do not take the time to learn and give respect to Mother Nature’s most interesting of creatures. You have done a wonderful job doing just that. Sending positive energy your way Robyn. 🙂

    September 22, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    • Thank you so much LuAnn… I was honored to have the opportunity to learn more about the many gifts these creatures give to us humans — the photo inspired my research project 🙂 I am so glad you enjoyed… sending warm thoughts your way today dear one! ~ RL

      September 22, 2012 at 11:12 AM

  33. Great tribute, Robyn! Thank you for sharing, many blessings and much love to you. 🙂

    Subhan Zein

    September 22, 2012 at 7:54 PM

  34. I know it’s been said but what a magnificent idea to write not only about the sea but also it’s many mysteries that we’ve only barely tapped into…in a gorgeous poem with one of your stunning photos!! I love learning and any day I learn something new is a good day, so today you’ve given me a great day!! Thank you beloved friend for sharing this!! And….I saw where you might write about some less than positive experiences you’ve been through of late. I just want to take a moment and really really encourage you to do it!!! Seriously, it can be so very healing ( I do know!)…sending so so much love and healing energy to you ♥♥♥♥!!!!!

    September 23, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    • Thank you beloved Christina. I am so happy you enjoyed the horseshoe crab project here — it was a fun one to do — and unexpected, inspired by the shot as always with me 🙂 Yes — thank you for the encouragement on my more intense post that was created Tuesday. It’s actually up— you are right – it does feel healing to have expressed the torment I was feeling… I tried to make it as artistic and palatable as I could under the circumstances — but was a hard one to press the publish button on – probably the hardest yet! You will see why ~ so much love to you and gratitude for your friendship! Ankle better? I hope and pray!! xo

      September 23, 2012 at 1:38 AM

      • Robyn, I’m not sure how I missed it when it was already up! I am going to comment over there….I am just in awe of you!!! I do know the publish delima!! The honor and gratitude for our friendship is such a balm to me every single day!!!! Ankle is better, thank you….slow going, irritating and still mad at myself for not paying attention, but it is slowly getting better. Thank you so much for being so wonderfully uniquely you!! Continue to shine bright beloved friend!! ♥♥♥♥!!!!!

        September 23, 2012 at 10:32 PM

  35. rynnasaryonnahr

    Yeaaarsss ago when I was about thirteen or so I used to be a Nature Ambassador and one of the creatures we had to educate the public about were horse shoe crabs. This post brought back sweet memories! Thank you Robyn. =D

    September 23, 2012 at 6:58 AM

    • Oh wow D!! a Nature Ambassador 🙂 That must have been such an awesome job at 13! So excited you were familiar with the interesting role this horse shoe crab fellow plays in our lives — I enjoyed learning too — and was a fun post to create. Thank you dear one!!

      September 23, 2012 at 10:43 AM

  36. drsuraiyanasim

    This is such an interesting info. The horseshoe crab indeed deserves all the love and honour through this post then……and 10 eyes!!! WOW!!! 🙂
    BTW, loved the pic….it’s a beautiful creature.

    September 25, 2012 at 7:18 AM

    • thank you so kindly Suraiya (sorry i gave you new name Suraiyana ~ kind of pretty too I agree)… You are such a lovely spirit here and I am delighted you enjoyed my expose on this sea creature with healing powers for us:) Sending hugs and lots of love your way ~ Robyn

      September 26, 2012 at 10:41 AM

      • drsuraiyanasim

        I like the name dear robyn.
        ThankYOU…..the pleasure is all mine! 🙂

        September 26, 2012 at 11:21 AM

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