The Simple Art Of Crabbing
Although it will soon be time to go back to school, crabbing is a part time you can enjoy all year round at the British seaside.
Norfolk hero, Colin The Crab, has made his very own video introducing families to the delights of crabbing www.gonecrabbing.co.uk/crabbing-guide
Crabbing is a simple and fun activity, with the added bonus of being virtually free and, whatever the weather, it will keep the kids occupied for hours.
But, until now, there's never been a video to explain the art of crabbing. Colin The Crab got together with Norfolk-based www.gonecrabbing.co.uk , purveyors of quirky seaside clothing and giftware, to film a âhow to go crabbing' video.
The video is jammed full of useful information including:
- Where to Crab
- What kit is needed
- How to take care of the crabs
- Clearing up your rubbish after you've finished crabbing.
Crabbing Dos and Don'ts:
- Don't .... put too many crabs in one bucket. Stick to 10 per pailâ¨
- Do .... add rocks and seaweed to the bucket to help replicate the crab's natural environment and reduce stressâ¨
- Don't .... keep them all day long â return them to seaâ¨
- Do .... change the water every 10 minutes to avoid asphyxiation. Only keep the crabs in sea water.â¨
- Don't .... store your bucket in the sunâ¨
- Don't .... use a line with a hook on. Either tie your bacon on or use an old pair of tights/bit of net to hold your bacon in.â¨
- Do .... hold your crab correctly - gently hold it either side of its shell or pick it up with one finger on top of the shell and one finger underneath - avoiding the claws though!â¨
- Do .... remove any crabs which are fighting - male crabs tend to be more aggressive than the ladies.â¨
- Do .... remember to take all your equipment and rubbish home with you.â¨
- Do ... go crabbing. When done responsibly, crabbing is an excellent way to introduce children to the marine ecology.
Interesting crab facts:
- To tell the difference between a male and female crab, carefully look at its underneath. A male will have more of a geometric triangle flap whilst the females is more rounded (and will often be coved with eggs).
- The collective noun for crabs is a âcast'.
- Crabs have blue blood because of the copper it contains.
- Crabs are covered in lots of tiny little âhairs' called setae which help them detect chemicals, touch and movement.
- Crabs belong to a group of creatures known as âDecapods' which means â10 legs'. Lobsters, shrimps, and prawns are also included in this group.
- Did you know there are 850 crabs around the world which don't live in the sea at all but on land or in fresh water?
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