Provided you handle them gently and watch those pincers, crabbing is a great way to meet the beach’s inhabitants
Crabbing is an activity sure to keep parents and kids alike entertained. Crabs like to hide under seaweed and rocks, but they can be enticed out with food and a bit of patience. Tie some raw fish, chicken or bacon and a weight on the end of a piece of string and lower it to the bottom of a rock pool or the seabed next to a pier. Wrap the other end of the string loosely around your finger and, when you feel a tug, gently lift the crab out of the water and catch it in a net. You can put a few crabs into a bucket full of water, pebbles and seaweed for a closer look without the risk of them getting their pincers around little fingers, but be sure to carefully release them when you’re done.