Friday, August 3, 2012

The Most Exciting Day Ever!

Something quite unexpected occurred at the Boston Children's Museum this afternoon. You see, in the Fort Point Channel, our main visitors to our crab trap and lobster trap come in the form of green crabs, and the occasional spider crab. Now don't get me wrong. This isn't a bad thing by any means, but in the back of all our minds our team couldn't help but wonder -- will we ever catch any other creatures? There must be something else lurking around the bottom of the channel, right?
Well my friends, TODAY was the day. The day that we caught a LOBSTER, in our crab trap of all places. The excitement was high, and this great group of kids from Metco was beyond pleased by our new friend.

The lobster!
The girls, fascinated by the lobster
This afternoon was by far my favorite one yet of the entire summer. Not only were the kids insanely excite about the opportunity to touch/hold the green crabs, and to touch the astounding lobster, but they also got the chance to try fishing -- something many had previously never done. This is one of the best aspects about this job -- giving someone the chance to try something new. A mother from Atlanta commented to me today on how rare it is that her family gets to do this kind of thing because of geographical constraints, and I am pleased that I get to play a small role in making this all a possibility at the museum, and down on the Charles River. I already cannot wait for next week -- perhaps this lobster was just the beginning?!

-Ashley Wakefield, Senior Harbor Educator at Boston Children's Museum and Community Boating

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