Many different kinds of crabs may be found in the saltwater parts of the Cape. Blue crabs are a type of swimming crab. The meat is edible and fairly good, but cleaning the crab takes patience. You can try catching your own crab, but they're not easy to find! There are also rock crabs that live in the cracks and crevices of rocks near the water's edge. They are similar in size to blue crabs but have red instead of black legs. Finally, there are snow crabs which are large insects that spend most of their lives buried in the sand at the ocean's shore. Although they look like nuts, they are actually bodies of one segmented insect with each leg being a separate body part.
Cape Cod is a peninsula in Massachusetts, bordering Buzzy Beach on the south and Plum Island Sound on the east. The name "Cape Cod" comes from the Wampanoag Indians who lived here before the first Europeans arrived. They called it "Kneeland's Bay", after Ephraim Kneeland who owned much of the land here in the 18th century. In 1616, the first ship landed here carrying English colonists - and since then, many other ships have visited this beautiful place. Today, tourists come from all over the world to see America's version of a Mediterranean island - packed with beaches, restaurants, and shops.
Although blue crabs may be found in both freshwater and saltwater environments, they are most usually found in brackish water environments, which are a mix of freshwater and saltwater with underwater grasses. Saltwater will kill any crab that enters it, so do not try to rescue any that have been swept off their feet by the surf!
Blue crabs like to stay near the shore where there are many small fish for them to eat. If you find one far from shore, it may be trapped there while looking for food elsewhere. Give it time to move back toward the beach before trying to rescue it; if you pick it up too soon, you might hurt it.
There are several species of crabs. The blue crab (Callianassa bdellon) can grow to be three inches long and weigh about a half a pound. They prefer cold waters but will also be found in warmer waters during certain parts of the year. Although rarely aggressive, if threatened they will defend themselves by snapping at anything close by. Blue crabs are popular in seafood restaurants everywhere because they are easy to cook and taste good. You can boil, fry, or grill them depending on how you plan to use them. They will keep in the shell after being boiled for 10 minutes if covered with ice water until ready to use.
Where to look for them Crabs may be found in salt water, which is why they are so popular to capture off beaches. They are common in the ocean and are frequently found around submerged structures such as bridges, sunken ships, and dock pilings.
How do you catch a crab? There are several ways to go about catching crabs. The most effective way is with a crab pot. A crab pot is a container with very small holes that fish for crabs by sight rather than by smell. If you put some food in with your caught crabs, they will keep others up until they are all gone. Then you can eat the leftover crab meat.
Another method is to use a crab trap. These come in two forms: live traps and dead-fall traps. In live traps, a fisherman sets the trap near shore and returns later to check on it. If no one has taken it within a few days, then it is safe to assume there are still crabs inside and you should take the trap back out again. Dead-fall traps work much like snares do for other animals. You place them near some kind of trigger (such as a stick or an animal trail) and return later to find them destroyed with what was inside them.
Yet another method is to use lobster pots. These are similar to crab pots but instead of looking for crabs, you look for lobster shells.
Crabs live in seawater. This includes brackish water, commonly referred to as tidal water. Saltwater marshes, bays, inlets, and the ocean are examples of these regions. Crabs also tend to hang out around submerged structures like pilings (often from docks), bridges, and buried ships. They use these locations for protection from predators while they sleep during low tide.
Crabs can be found at all times of the day and night-except when they're asleep. They wake up when it's time for food or water, just like us. If you want to see what's available at different times of the day, go to a body of water early in the morning before people start fishing, or late at night after most people have gone to bed. You might even find some crabs eating insects!
What kind of environment is good for crabs? It depends on the species, but generally speaking, they need clean water and clean soil to live in. They don't like pollution, so if you take care not to contaminate your yard with chemicals, you'll be helping the crab population grow.
Here are some other things to note: Are crabs eaten by humans? Yes! People eat crabs because of their flavor and because they think their legs make good soup. However, only eat those that have been cooked first because crabs that have been sitting in their own liquid will already be contaminated with bacteria that you don't want to eat.