This week is Crustacean Crusaders week! We are lucky at Courageous that we have lobster traps along the dock that we can pull up so our campers can meet many sea creatures up close. Among the common creatures that we find in our traps, most are crustaceans so our students are very familiar with local crabs and lobsters.
Boston Harbor is home to many different crustaceans including barnacles, crabs, and lobsters, but our weekly activities focused on crabs. After reviewing the characteristics of crustaceans, such as their jointed appendages, two pairs of antennae, and exoskeleton, we focused on the crabs found in Boston Harbor that are actually invasive species. The European Green Crab and Asian Shore Crab are more common in Boston Harbor than some of our native species, such as Red Rock crabs and Jonah crabs.