Monday, July 20, 2020

Carson, Spectacle, Ferb, Seagulls, and Green crabs

Sand raking of Ferb
This week my group and I had the chance to go to Carson Beach and Spectacle Island. From the moment you step out of your car, you are hit with the cool and calming air from the water, then you get to see the beautiful view of the Beach, and the Boston Harbor. But there is so much more than just that view. As we walked around the beach we came across Sea glass, clams, and green crabs. However, not only did we have the opportunity to go to Carson but we also had the chance to go to Spectacle Island! At this harbor island the view from its shores and absolutely breathtaking. You can see some of the other islands and Boston, but the best view is at the top of Spectacle's Hill. But that's just the miniature hike you can take, but the fun doesn't stop there, on the beach you can find a variety of different sea glass in all the colors of the rainbow. Then guess what... we got to sand rake at Carson! We got a chance to show off our creative sides and draw pictures in the sand.

View walking up the hill at Spectacle Island

Although we had an amazing week at our site I'd like to focus on some of the marine life and wildlife we found out there. Some of the marine life/wildlife we got to see included green crabs and seagulls.
Green crab
At Carson we had the chance to see a few baby green crabs while walking on the beach and we even caught some in the crab trap we put out.  Here's a fun fact don't be fooled by their name, these crabs can be red, yellow, green, and sometimes brown. They grow to be about 10 centimeters wide and can be found in South America, North America, South Africa, Australia, they are native to the Baltic Sea and
North-East Atlantic Ocean. They often feed on mollusks, worms, and small crustaceans. They are quite invasive and are predators nonetheless. There are many and the growth of their species in our shores needs to be controlled. Their predator is called the Blue crab and can hopefully keep this invasive species under control. Another animal we saw is one you often see at beaches and that is the Seagull.

Did you know that their form of feeding is known as Kleptoparasitism meaning that they prey on the food that has already been caught or prepared by another animal. So keep and eye on your food because Big Seagull is watching and waiting. These animal usually eat live food like fish and sometimes they even peck at whales. They often thrive in Human habitats and have successfully been able to coexist with humans. They can be found all over the world. A large gull can grow to about 27 inches, while the little gull will grow to about 11 inches. But they are quite fascinating and while they can be a little loud and sometimes steal your food they are beautiful. But that's all for this time, I'll be back next week from Constitution Beach in East Boston.

Sea you later,

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