Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Sea’s the Summer: Week 1

Hello again,

For the first week on the job, it was very fun. I work at Piers Park in East Boston on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, but on Tuesdays I'm at Courageous Sailing in Charlestown (which is amazing because I live 5 minute walking distance :))! There were many highlights during this week even though there was only three days of working. I finally learned how to properly pick up a crab after being terrified for my life. Sadly, we didn't catch many or any fish, but we did catch a whole bunch of crabs and "almost" caught a spider crab, but it unfortunately fell back into the water. 
One of the main crabs that were caught was the green crab. The scientific name for the green crab is Carcinus maenas. Did you know the first observed green crab was on the east coast of Massachusetts in 1817?  The green crab is typically 2.5 inches long, but can range up to 4 inches long outside its native range. They can be found in many parts of the world, especially of the east and west coasts. Some places they are found are San Francisco Bay, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, etc. Their habitats are usually mud, sand, or rock substrates. Their diet consists of clams, mussels, oysters, smaller crabs, and even some fish. 
Unfortunately we didn't catch any other crabs or fish, but we did catch this weird looking fish sack. I don't know any other facts or anything research I can do on the fish sack, but it was very interesting to observe and touch. If you look very closely you can see the almost complete fish inside of it. 
For the upcoming week, I hope we catch different types of crabs and maybe even a fish. I am super excited for week 2 and creating an even bigger and better bonds with the other SBSH explorers and the kids at Piers Park and Courageous Sailing. 

See you next week!! 

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