ODDS AND ENDS: Bleeding crabs and other offbeat offerings

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They’re not the most attractive creatures but their blood sure is valuable.


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The existence of horseshoe crabs may be up in the air soon thanks to their bloodsucking pharmaceutical industry,  The Verge reported.

Conservationists believe the 450-million-year-old living fossils will become extinct because the companies are extracting the sea creatures’ blood and using it to test such things as drugs, vaccines and medical devices to make sure they aren’t contaminated by bacterial toxins.

According to The Verge , hundreds and thousands of horseshoe crabs are captured and their valuable blue blood harvested, a natural source of Limulus amebocyte lysate (LAL.)

Organizations hoping to save the animals are raising awareness and even threatening legal action.

The pharmaceutical industry uses the blood to detect endotoxin contamination, which can cause anaphylactic shock, fever and even bubonic plague.


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LAL is in high demand, with a quart of it selling for $15,000 or more.

Some 500,000 horseshoe crabs are captured by companies each year in the United States.  After being bled, the crabs are returned to the sea, but 30% of them die in the process, conservation groups believe.

There are alternatives to horseshoe crab blood that can be used, such as a synthetic LAL called recombinant Factor C, which was created in the late 1990s at the University of Singapore and is commercially available.

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About 80,000 ‘nice’ bees were found in a home’s wall during a renovation project.
About 80,000 ‘nice’ bees were found in a home’s wall during a renovation project. Photo by Screenshot /Facebook/How’s Your Day Honey


Sometimes tearing down a wall can reveal the true character of a home.

In the case of a home renovation project in Florida, it unveiled 80,000 bees.

In a video shared by beekeeper Elisha Bixler on Facebook, a seven-foot-tall beehive was found behind a shower wall during a renovation of a beach house in the Shore Acres area of Florida.

The hive contained what Bixler described as 80,000 “nice” bees, who produced hundreds of pounds of honey.

According to Daily Atomic News, the homeowners contacted Bixler after constantly hearing buzzing while renovating their house.

The beekeeper had spotted a tiny patch of the beehive in an opening in the bathroom and upon tearing down the wall, she discovered the beehive, which went from floor to ceiling.


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“I got a surprise when I started breaking away the tiles behind the shower wall. Look at how much honey is packed away in here,” Bixler said in the video.

“This is a seven-foot-long beehive.”

Bixler said the homeowners were tired of the constant buzzing. The beekeeper removed the bees by first finding the queen and transferring her to a caged box, before carefully directing the rest of the brood out of the wall and into boxes.

The bees were safely transferred back to Bixler’s farm, the New York Times reported.

Police have recovered a 58-foot bridge that was stolen in Ohio.
Police have recovered a 58-foot bridge that was stolen in Ohio. Photo by Screenshot /Facebook/Akron Police Department


One would think that stealing a bridge would be challenging.

But it happened in Ohio recently.

The Akron Police Department has arrested David Bramley, 63, and charged with felony theft after he allegedly stole a 58-foot-long walking bridge in early November.


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Cops say Bramley paid a trucking company for its crane service and used the device to lift the former pedestrian bridge onto and later off a vehicle, which later transported it from a field to a property where it was stored.

Akron Police say the bridge, was removed from Middlebury Run Park during a wetland restoration and stored in a field. On Nov. 3, it was discovered that someone had removed the bridge’s deck boards. Later in the month, the entire bridge structure was gone.

Authorities found the partially disassembled bridge after conducting a search warrant on a property. It’s not known why the bridge was stolen.

The city of Akron had planned on reusing the bridge at another location before it was stolen.

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Large Huntsman spider resting on Eucalypt tree limb
Large Huntsman spider resting on Eucalypt tree limb Photo by File Photo /Getty Images



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The health minister from Queensland, Australia is bothered by COVID-19 and spiders.

During a recent press conference regarding vaccination policies, Yvette D’Ath was interrupted by a visiting arachnid, UPI reported .

“Okay, can somebody please get that spider off?” the health minister said, while shaken by the huntsman spider that graced her presence.

“This shows how controlled I can be. I don’t like huntsmans, but I’m going to keep going. If he comes anywhere near my face, let me know.”

The spider was roaming around D’Ath’s feet and eventually scurried away.

The health minister joked about what a moment that was, stating “we’ve got COVID and we’ve got spiders.”

The health official had everything to fear though as the bite from a huntsman spider can pack a punch. However, it’s not lethal or harmful to humans.


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