Monday, July 31, 2023

First Month

 Throughout July, at Piers Park we have caught many Green Crabs and Spider crabs, but what I had found more interesting is that during our day at Courageous sailing we caught some lobsters on our fishing trip. A fun fact about lobsters that most of us didn't know is that lobsters taste with their legs. The antennas they have are used for food that is far away, or hard to locate. The typical size of a lobster is 12 inches long, but it is said that the male lobster can be a bit larger. The bottom-dwelling American lobster live in cold rocky waters off the Atlantic cost of North America, but lobsters can be found in all of the world's oceans, as well as brackish environments, and even freshwater. Lobsters live on the bottom of the ocean. They prefer temperatures from 15-18 degrees C (59-64 degrees F) and saltiness of 20-25 ppt. However, the American Lobster can be found on the east coast of North America, from Newfoundland to North Carolina. Lobsters catch mainly fresh food, (except for bait) which includes fish, crabs, clams, mussels, sea urchins, and sometimes even other lobsters!


 Another species that I have found very interesting that we have caught are spider crabs, a simple fun fact about Japanese spider crabs is that, the crabs carapace stays the same size once it become an adult  but the legs keep growing. The carapace (main body captivity) of the Japanese spider crab is 12 inches (30 centimeters) across. But its legs, which continue to grow even when it reaches adulthood, which can span up to 12 feet (3.8 meters) from claw to claw. Japanese spider crabs live on the seafloor along Japan's Pacific coast. They are found on the sandy and rocky continental shelf and slope. Instead of hunting, these scavengers look for dead and decaying matter along the seafloor. Their diet includes the dead of decaying fish, invertebrates, and algae. Over the past 40 years, the catch of the Japanese spider crabs had declined, to help the population recover..Japanese law bans fishing for the species during its mating seasons.


I have enjoyed my time at Piers Park, I have made a very nice bond with all of my co-workers at Piers Park.. We had worked together through our stay at the site and I really enjoyed being there with them and experiencing these new things with my co-workers.. My favorite day at Piers Park was the last day. On Friday, I got to enjoy kayaking and sailing with some of my friends. I'm very sad to leave Piers Park and all of the friends that I've made there.

  I'm super excited to be a part of all access, learn many more things, and make friends with my co-workers...

I'll see you all next time..

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