Two New York City aviation detectives testing night vision goggles say they stumbled upon boaters poaching horseshoe crabs in Jamaica Bay. Officer Chris Maher says he and his partner were in a helicopter late Monday night when they saw through the goggles two boats near the shore, and men tossing horseshoe crabs into boats. The crabs, which have a large brown domed outer shell, come ashore to mate. They are often used as bait and in fertilizer.
He says the boaters noticed police and sped away in different directions. Officers followed one to a marina not far from the national recreation area.
Maher says there were about 200 crabs found in the boat. It is illegal to poach from the bay and the two were arrested by U.S. Parks Police.