Hi! My name is Ms. Hoskins. Please join me while I travel to Maryland to study Climate Change and Fragmented Forests!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

I'd Rather eat Crabs Than Hold Them



At December 1, 2009 at 6:47 PM , Anonymous mac said...

Ms. Hoskins it was funny to see you hold the crab. Are blue crabs common in Texas? How large was the crab that you were holding? Do they have any idea why or how he lost it's claw?

At December 1, 2009 at 7:24 PM , Blogger Vickie said...

We don't have any blue crabs in Texas. We do have some scrawny crabs in the Gulf of Mexico, but they are much smaller and not pretty like the Blue Maryland Crab. The crab I was holding was about 11 inches long. I asked and the curator said crabs often lose a claw in a fight with another crab. He said their claws are so sharp they can cut your finger right down to the bone!

At December 1, 2009 at 7:27 PM , Anonymous Montgomery said...

In your video you are holding a Blue Crab. Does this crab represent a healthy size? How does a fragmented forest (something on land) effect crabs (someting in water)?


At December 2, 2009 at 11:52 AM , Blogger Vickie said...

The crab I was holding was about average for a healthy crab. They can be larger if left alone in the bay to keep growing. A fragmented forest can hurt the growth of crabs if the lakes, streams and water run off is full of pollution (pesticides). One of the experiments they are doing here measures the oxygen in the water, the chemicals found in the water, amount of water flow in the spring, summer, winter, and fall, sediment in the soil etc. The water flows into the bay and has a direct impact on the blue crabs as well as the fish, clams, and mussles that live in the Bay. Healthy forests and clean rivers and streams help the blue crabs and the scientists are trying to find ways to ensure this happens.

At December 14, 2009 at 8:56 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

that is so nasty!

Madison C/Mrs.Braun

At December 14, 2009 at 8:56 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldn't eat a crab or hold one, they have pinchers.
"Mrs. Brauns room"

At December 14, 2009 at 6:27 PM , Blogger Vickie said...

Crabs cannot pinch if you hold them the correct way like the scientist showed me in the video. However, if you do not hold them the right way, the scientist told me the pincers are so sharp they can cut your finger to the bone!


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