|Wee eruption on the back deck.|
Many of the crabs I see in the sand at my local beach are not intact and most certainly dead. The crab (dungeness) I saw yesterday just at the strand-line was solid-looking, had all of its legs and both claws, but sat completely motionless. Bending down to inspect, I could see one of its eyes moving & those whiskery bits at his mouth quivering. He was definitely alive. I wanted to put him back in the water, but wasn't sure how to go about it without being pinched. I happened to have my brother on the phone as I was inspecting the crab. My brother, an occasional crabber and devout fisherman, told me how best to pick up the crab without risking injury. Apparently, if one brings one's hand over the top of the shell and puts thumb and forefinger on either side of the shell--just where pointy bits jut out--, then the crab is less able to reach your fingers with its claws. I did just that and gave the crab a wee tug. He didn't easily budge as he was partially submerged in sand. I gave a stronger tug and up came his legs and body. Then I walked him into the water and chucked him out beyond the surf. So long, crab!