Rare sight of a newly molted horseshoe crab

Beihai City in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region is one of the few places in the country were horseshoe crabs live and breed. On the intertidal zones in a mangrove conservation area in the Beihai Golden Bay, a young horseshoe crab just molted, leaving its previous shell behind. The horseshoe crab grows by molting. It molts over 10 times in its lifetime. 

Both Chinese horseshoe crabs and round-tailed horseshoe crabs reside in shallow coastal waters. You can find them by tracing their tracks on the beach. 

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(All photos taken by CGTN's Zhao Ying and Zhang Chao.)

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