Thank you for The Medicine

Did You Know?

Delaware Bay provides much more than seafood.  It is the home to the world’s largest population of the American horseshoe crab Limulus polyphemus. They have a simple but effective immune system. When a foreign object such as bacteria enters through a wound in the animal's body, it almost immediately clots into a clear gel-like material, Thank you For The Medicinethus effectively trapping the bacteria. Horseshoe crabs are not only valuable as a species to the medical research community but to everyone who has ever had a shot, or implant. A compound derived from horseshoe crab’s blue, copper-based blood is used to test the purity of medicines. This substance is called Limulus Amebocyte Lysate (LAL) and is being used to test for bacterial endotoxins in pharmaceuticals and for several bacterial diseases.

 

What You Can Do
Learn, get involved and be heard!

  • Volunteer for coastal clean-ups in Delaware and New Jersey and ask specifically about the Bay coast.
  • Participate in the horseshoe crab spawning survey.
  • Don't litter. Never throw trash, cigarette butts, fish waste, plastic bags, fishing line or nets in the water.