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    Um, I highly dought that ever since I stepped on a baby one. It felt like a thumb tack! Also I am the only thing to push of of and the telson stabs thing since it has a point. (however dull it is)

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    it was probably using it to try and get away. you would sling your telson around to if you wanted to get away.

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    That really is a big horseshoe crab. Thanks for sharing .
    http://www.terraforums.com/forums/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=6789&dateline=1352508752

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    I highly dought that ever since I stepped on a baby one.
    There's a difference between you stepping on something, and the animal actively deciding to use that portion of its body as a weapon. The fact that it's pointed at the end is irrelevant to its function, which is never as a defense mechanism. The only defense they have is armor, and burying themselves.
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    Why was it pointed up? NEVER is a pretty strong word and if it was using it to get away I think that counts as deffense.

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    Are you seriously arguing with me about this? Hahahahahahahaha.
    if it was using it to get away I think that counts as deffense.
    Sorry, but the truth isn't subjective. Just because you think so doesn't make it so. The telson does not serve a defensive purpose. Period. Its not a very hard concept to grasp.

    Don't believe me? Look at this:
    The body ends in a long spine called a "telson" which can be rotated by the crab and is used to right itself when it is accidently (or intentionally) flipped over. The telson is not used for defense and, aside from being hard and pointed, is not dangerous. Many people pick individuals up by their telson.
    From this: http://www.mbl.edu/marine_org/images...mal/index.html

    Game over.
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    I am confused at what you are saying cuase how is it gonna flip over if it doesn't stab something? I am saying that it was trying to stab me, that is 100% true. I am sorry if it inplied that it was trying to hurt me. I know it is harmless and I don't care, don't act so smart if you put words in my mouth then prove them wrong. I was stating that wiether it was trying to hurt me or not running away is a deffense.

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    It doesn't need to stab anything. The telson rotates and moves side-to-side in order to facilitate turning over/steering.
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