Recently I have been reminded of a creature that isn’t the prettiest but it is ancient and it’s mating season is a major contributor to the food chain, primarily, the red knot and other migratory birds.
We used to have a house near the Delaware Bay and our morning walks consisted of turning over exhausted crabs so they could return to the water.
They can’t hurt you and that spiny tail is for flipping them back over when the waves flip them upside down.
They are living dinosaurs. If you see one, please treat them as the treasure that they are, leave them be and please do not allow children to mistreat them.