The concept of the mesh is introduced to describe the analysis of horseshoe crabs, their environment, and the humans with whom they interact (both directly and indirectly). This network of entangled species and objects changes as time progresses, both as a result of human involvement but also without human involvement. Humans are no more essential than horseshoe crabs—but the focus does seem to be on the human impact on horseshoe crabs’ reproduction and survival in the context of global warming and rising sea levels. And humans, and their highways, are prioritized over the crabs. Here I call into question our tendency to take this for granted, and I encourage humans to be more mindful about our interconnectedness and the repercussions of our actions over the enmeshed web of species and environment.
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