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A Wee Bit Dangerous, a Whole Lotta Funny…

I recently spent the afternoon on a beach adventure with a friend, her daughter (also a friend), and her three girls. These girls have gone on a number of beach adventures with me and are growing up to be fine beach nerds, my protégés making Miss Mary so very proud.

We were walking alongside a series of deep tidal pools with the girls trailing behind when, hearing a bit of commotion, we turned around to see only the head of Protégé K sticking out of one of the pools. The first frightening thought for the three adults was that K had dropped into an exceptionally deep pool, but it was quickly obvious, with a huge sigh of relief, that she was just “swimming” in the pool.

We watched as her sisters, Protégés C and L were dancing around, cheering her on. But then the cheers and laughter became screams for her to get out. K  (and we) were momentarily confused, but then K was also screaming and running from the pool. We rushed forward, and peering into the water could see that the pool K had been swimming in, in fact, all of the tidal pools, were teeming with Blue Crabs, some of them VERY LARGE. K could have easily been the victim of the fierce claws of crabs just acting to defend themselves.

Once the hearts stopped racing, the laughter set in and we busied ourselves counting crabs and trying to scoop some up in our buckets for closer inspection. We even found what appeared to be a mating pair (the male was cradling the female). As the water settled and cleared in the pool K had been in, we saw that not only had she been swimming with Blue Crabs, but there was also unbeknownst to her, a fairly large Horseshoe Crab.

With the excitement done, when continued our adventures, and even catalogued a few new critters like Sea Pansies and a Sea Anemone different than what I have seen here before.

Now I have to share the VERY disappointing aspect of our day’s adventure- the TRASH. I always make it a habit to pick up trash while walking the beach, a habit the girls have also picked up (YaY!), and although some days I come back with more beach garbage than beach treasure, this day set a record for the amount collected, not a record we were happy to set.

Since when do Blue Crabs have tails?


You are walking along the beach when you spy a dead crab on the sand, and being the curious sort, you stop and have a look. You can tell it is a Blue Crab from the color and shape, and you can tell it is female from the red tipped claw. But wait, what is that sticking out behind? Since when do Blue Crabs have tails? Hmmm…it kinda, sorta looks like an itty bitty lobster tail. Continue reading

Blue Crab Adventure

blue crab 7-7-15

Look at that pretty girl flashing her painted nails (claws) at us.

I know, I know, it has been a year since I said I was going to start this blog, I guess it is safe to say that I can be a bit of a procrastinator. It has been an exciting year with much to share with you, but I had such a charming interaction with a fine young man from North Carolina that I need to jump right in with this.

One of the cool things that has happened in the past year is that I have become a docent at the Coastal Discovery Museum here on the island, so look forward to more about this in future posts. This morning I was the co-leader on the Blue Crab Discovery Tour where we teach guests about the importance of the Atlantic Blue Crab, the crab’s life cycle, and their importance as members of the coastal ecosystem. playing a role as both predators and prey. Continue reading