Don’t Be Crabby You’re At The Beach

Fish Haul-On the Port Royal Sound South Carolina

There’s nothing more fun than taking a group of kids to the beach when the tide is just perfect to explore the creatures of the sea.

As the tide starts going out the ground is rich with all sorts of things to catch the curiosity of the young folks.

tiny fiddler crab catching the breeze

They also have a blast trying to lure a fiddler into their bucket.

Children at the beach
Children at the beach playing with the crabs

Sitting close by a brown horseshoe crab, the youngest of the group shakes the sand out of his shoes then signals the way to the tidal stream.

The Department of Natural Resources of South Carolina describes the horseshoe crab as:

Despite their name, horseshoe crabs are not true crabs. Unlike true crabs, which have two pairs of antennae, a pair of jaws, and five pairs of legs, horseshoe crabs lack antennae and jaws, and they have seven pairs of legs, including a pair of chelicerae. Chelicerae are appendages similar to those used by spiders and scorpions for grasping and crushing. In addition, horseshoe crabs have book lungs, similar to spiders and different from crabs, which have gills. Thus, horseshoe crabs are more closely related to spiders and scorpions than they are to other crabs.

With the tide moving fast and white-capped waves in the sound, getting in the water was not allowed today. The stream was a better option to cool off and check out more cool creatures.

Snail
Port Royal Sound

As we wrapped up the visit, everyone felt good about the creatures that were helped get back out to sea.

And if you want to leave anything behind, make a love note.

Message in the sand

Fish Haul Park on the north end Hilton Head Island is located next to Historic Mitchelville.

Thanks for visiting. I hope you are enjoying the sites of Coastal Georgia and South Carolina.

Alice

The Daily Spur Prompt/Brown

Fandango one word prompt/lure

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