Friday, June 22, 2012

TGIF: Hunting for Ghost Crabs! {Link up}


Welcome to my link up --

Thank God It's {Family Fun} Friday -- TGIF!!

I want to encourage you to create memories, build family traditions, and have fun with your family!  Because children grow up faster than you think possible . . . 

Many families look forward to having a Family Fun Night on Fridays.  Is this something your family does?  Tell us about it!  What are your favorite Friday night activities?  Do you plan special activities on weekends?  What do you do for Fun with your family??  How do you create memories?  Do you have any special family traditions?  Please share any of the above by leaving a comment or linking up your blog!

Ghost Crab Hunting

One of our family's favorite Friday or Saturday night activities since moving to the Georgia coast is going to the beach at night and hunting for ocypode quadrata, otherwise known as, "ghost crabs."  According to Wikipedia, these crabs are commonly found all along the Atlantic coast, where they burrow into the sand, and come out at night to find food.  Their pale, translucent color is obviously the inspiration for their name, and they are indeed very eerie looking at night, as you will see from the pictures.

For our adventure, we all go out to the beach after dark, taking a few small flashlights and wearing glow sticks (purchased from The Dollar Tree), so we can keep up with everyone.  The children watch closely for ghost crabs scurrying along the sand or hiding in the beach wrack.  When they spot one, they start squealing and they all chase it across the beach and capture it with Solo cups!  (See picture below!)

Then, they carefully transfer the crab from the cups to a waiting bucket.  This is the tricky part!

These eerie-looking crabs will sometimes climb out of the bucket, and jump out on the unsuspecting bucket carrier!  ;)   To help keep them in the bucket, the children cover them in sand.  Here is a glimpse at one of their prize catches!

Aren't they weird looking with their eyes suspended above their translucent bodies??

The best part is the end of the night when we are done hunting crabs.  Alan dumps the crabs out of the bucket, and everyone screams and runs out of the way, as the crabs frantically scurry every which way, trying to hide or burrow back into the sand!  :)  

This is way fun!  :)

Disclaimer:  No ghost crabs were harmed in this adventure, and all captured crabs were released back into their natural habitats.  ;)

Your Turn to Share:
Link up to my blog and join the fun!  :)  You can link up any past or present blog post that shares ways to create memories, build family traditions, or have fun as a family!  Just be sure to link back to my blog or add my blog button to your post! 


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~Rachel said...

How fun! Never heard of doing this. I wish we lived near the beach - we love swimming! Thanks for sharing...

Pamela said...

How fun! I have one daughter who would have loved it. Not sure about the other one! When our daughters were younger their favorite Friday night treat was story hour at Borders. They had an amazing program and even took pictures of each child with the characters from the book they were reading.

Madison Taylor said...

It was soooo much fun! And I am so glad we could experience crab hunting with y'all! :)


Rebecca's Refining said...

They look sooo cute!! :)
I know we will have to do that while we are in town!! One problem: my children will want to KEEP the crabs, not release them back onto the beach!

FryFamily said...

We go do this too! Free and fun!!!! Friday nights my son LOVE to play monopoly...... sometimes we have a game going for a week or so!

busymomof10 said...

How Fun! Thanks for sharing! :)

Scott Borgstrom said...

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