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Ghost Crab Hunting in The Outer Banks

Ghost Crab spotting in The Outer Banks #obx
I’ve heard of ghost hunting, ghost spotting and, of course, Ghostbusting. But I hadn’t heard of Ghost Crab Spotting until I went to The Outer Banks. That also may be because I hadn’t heard of Ghost Crabs. And no, these are not the ghost of crabs who ended up in all of the crab cakes that we were eating all week. Ghost Crabs are nocturnal, grayish crabs that live in subtropical regions like The Outer Banks of North Carolina. They are semiterrestrial, and the live in burrows under the ground. They only way to try to catch of glimpse of these crabs at night. They blend in with the sand and they are scamper around and then burrow so deeply that you can hardly see them. And even when you’ve seen them, you’re not quite sure you have. They’re just like ghosts.

One night after dinner at The Oceanfront Grille last August, the sun hadn’t completely set so we decided to go for a walk on the beach. As it got darker, the Ghost Crabs started to emerge and then vanish. My son, then three-and-a-half, really enjoyed chasing them around. But we were all laughing as we would try to show each other crabs, only for the crab to disappear. Finally, there was a slow one who was willing to be photographed as evidence.

2 Responses to Ghost Crab Hunting in The Outer Banks

  1. Shelly Rivoli July 6, 2015 at 7:26 pm #

    Very cool! I hadn’t heard of these either, but you reminded me of the sand-circle-building crabs we loved watching in Costa Rica, too!
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  2. Wandering Educators
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    July 6, 2015 at 8:25 pm #

    Fast camera work!
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