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Aarhus University, May  2006. A window to the past.  Research on horseshoe crabs can tell us a lot about the early periods of animal evolution (Photo by J. Dago, Jyllandsposten).



Kattegatcenter, May  2006. A closer look under the shield shows that these animals a not crabs, but have more in common with spiders (Photo by J. Dago, Jyllandsposten).




Vietnam 2006. Thomas Nielsen (to the right) at work.




Thailand, December 2006. Peter is out on the small fishmarkets talking to the local fishermen which help us to collect enough individuals from both species.




Phuket Marine Station, Thailand, December 2006. Tobias is setting up the pilot experiments to study the physiologiy of Asian horseshoe crabs in the future.




Phuket Marine Station, Thailand, December 2006. Kasper is measuring animals with our digitizing tool in order obtain a 3 dimensional reconstruction of the body.




Phuket Marine Station, Thailand, December 2006. Matthias is talking to local fishermen which can give us valuable information for the protection of the horseshoe crabs. The natives know most about where the animals are frequently found, how they are caught, how heavy they are overfished, and where they have disappeared.



Prince of Songkla University, Thailand 2006. Tobias and Peter are presenting our project to the students in Thailand.




Phuket Marine Station, Thailand, December 2006. Our local hosts in Thailand show us around at the marine station. Dr. Itsara Intanai (left) is a lecturer at the Prince of Songkla University and has  worked shortly in the Zoophysiology Department at Aarhus University. Dr. Somchai Bussarawit (right) has obtained his PhD in the Marine Ecology Department at Aarhus University and is now the scientific director of Phuket Marine Station.




Tachypleus gigas - ready to be measured.




Phuket Marine Station, Thailand, December 2006. A beautiful place to carry out research with modern facilities to collect and store marine animals. It is very difficult to find any traces of the Tsunami that hit the coast in 2003.




Phuket Marine Station, Thailand, December 2006. Hey, hvad glor du på lille ven? Aldrig set en skildpadde?



Tachypleus gigas is a delicacy in Thai restaurants.

Galathea3 - Vaedderen, April 2007. Kasper Kollerup and Matthias Obst taking samples for DNA analysis as well as basic measurements on the starboard deck. This attracted much interest from the media.



Galathea3 - Vaedderen, April 2007. Melissa Wetter and Thomas Nielsen have started the physiological experiments. Currently they are running experiments on the horseshoe crabs at low salinities and analyzing the osmolarity of the blue blood.


Galathea3 - Vaedderen, April 2007. An important part of the Horseshoe Crab project is public outreach. Here Peter Funch is presenting our research package for the other participants on the Galathea 3 Expedition.

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