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« on: September 25, 2012, 08:33:50 PM »

I thought crabs stayed in the water...but apparently I am wrong.

An article below talking about observation of marshlands near Cape Cod...
http://ux.brookdalecc.edu/staff/sandyhook/dgrant/field/CC-Fiddler%20crabs.html

Movement in the grass attracted our attention. Something was slithering along, parting the stems in an orderly manner. To our surprise it was a blue-claw crab; not living up to its name Callinectes (beautiful swimmer) but crawling along, half out of the water. Initially we assumed it was stranded and heading back to deep water, but it soon became obvious that the crab was feeling its way around the marsh - searching. The night was getting even more interesting.

By reaching out with its claws, the crab would gather an "armful" of stems, and by bending them down and methodically propping its way upward, was combing the grass for prey. This was confirmed visually in front of us, and audibly by soft crunches that we began to notice coming from another grass "cowlick" nearby. Apparently, other blue crabs were searching the meadow, gleaning snails (and presumably, fiddler crabs) from the tops of the marsh grass.

Our curiosity piqued, we returned the next night, and right on schedule with tide, we observed several blue crabs harvesting in the same manner...
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« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2012, 07:38:17 AM »

 So it looks like we should be using snails for bait, that will be the new thing, snail bags.
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« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2012, 08:23:17 AM »

  If you think about the amount of crabs that must be in each river, it is a wonder that they find anything to eat.  I often wondered how the bay can support so many crabs.  They must feed on anything that doesn't eat them. 
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« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2012, 01:26:40 PM »

  If you think about the amount of crabs that must be in each river, it is a wonder that they find anything to eat.  I often wondered how the bay can support so many crabs.  They must feed on anything that doesn't eat them. 
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« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2012, 02:12:21 PM »

Sorry, off subject.. FT, where do you find these profile pics laugh laugh milk on weekends? laugh laugh
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« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2012, 02:30:26 PM »



I heard they will rob red tators fields also Wink
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« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2012, 08:12:54 PM »


I heard they will rob red tators fields also Wink
its a myth  laugh laugh
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