We’re meeting a fantastic little crustacean today! They are almost as much fun to watch on the beach as the birds. Come learn about the little crabs who say BOO! Hehehe!
GHOST CRAB FUN FACTS:
- Ghost crabs are found in burrows they dig in the sand.
- Their burrows entrances are dug at angle to allow air to flow in. They can be as deep as 4 ft.
- These omnivores eat insects, clams and other small crabs.
- They have 360 degree vision- so they can spot predators.
- They are mostly nocturnal, but they can be spotted during the day- cleaning out their burrows.
- Ghost crabs are solitary and do not share their burrows.
- They do need to keep their gills moist and can be found at the water’s edge sometimes just buried in the sand.
When a little ghost crab comes up behind you and says BOO! Don’t be afraid- they are just playing!
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Echinoderm Fun Facts:
- Echinoderms include sea stars, brittle and basket stars, sea urchins and sand dollars and sea cucumbers.
- They have been around for around 500 million years.
- Their name comes from Greek and means urchin and skin. They all have spines- some larger and sharper than others.
- Most Echinoderms have radial symmetry- body parts are arranged around a central point.
- Echinoderms do not have blood- they use water to circulate throughout their body. Water also helps them move their tube feet which they use for locomotion.
- Some Echinoderms can regenerate their body parts. Sea stars are known for regrowing arms.
We’ll meet some neat Echinoderms this summer at camp? Do you have a favorite? We love sea stars and sand dollars in particular.
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