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Monday, 1 September 2008

The invasion of the spider crabs

This evening was the last of a spectacular set of spring tides measuring 0.0 on the tide charts and perhaps the lowest set of spring tides for the year. It was possible to walk around the East Pier and virtually walk the full length of the East Pier breakwater of boulders. It was a amazing site to see the masses of large spider crab that had taken up residence in the boulders something that was unheard of years ago. Most of the female crabs had shed their shells and the male were "tinny", indicating they had shed their shells first. There were so many spider crabs it was like an invasion and even in the morning during the daylight low water spider crabs were around the second cant of the East Pier wall as shown in the photograph. All around the Thanet coast spider crabs shells are appearing on the strandline which I suppose is a indicator of global warming.

My objective over the evening low water was to recover lost fishing tackle with my metal detector, mainly to recover lead. Which as a commodity is worth selling as scrap. I found 87 weights over the springs of which some are pictured.Otherer finds included a knife, a mobile and a few coins.


Anonymous said...

Tony, these crabs are delicious to eat.

Tony Beachcomber said...

I tried one and the brown meat was so smooth.
I reckon there must have been something in the region of 200, but most of them were either soft or tinny, I suspect they were going through a mating ritual.