Cancer borealisNOT FOUND by The shrimp squad
Quality checked by Mrs. Moniz
Peer reviewed by Intertidal one
We went to Kettle Cove Beach to find the Cancer Borealis, commonly known as the Jonah Crab or Sleepy Crab. We looked for the native species on a cold, humid, foggy Fall day. You can smell blankets of seaweed sitting on damp rocks after a light rain storm. The boats were bobbing in the slow, rocking waves. Our method to find the species was looking around in the rocky intertidal zones of the beach. We searched under rocks, in submerged crevasses, and under seaweed. We were unable to find a Jonah crab. We were looking in shallower intertidal zones. Jonah Crabs usually live deeper out in the ocean. While we were unable to find the Jonah crab, we did find what we believe to be the native species called the Rock Crab. These are usually found more in the shallower intertidal zones.
We believe that we found the Rock Crab because it is often found smaller in size in these shallow intertidal zones. This crab is smaller than 14 centimeters.
Another characteristic that leads us to believe that we found a Rock Crab, is the color of the shell. A Rock Crab is normally yellow to reddish-brown instead of purplish-brown like the Jonah Crab. The Rock Crab has little purple spots as pictured above.
N 43.561316 °
W -70.218724 °
Kettle Cove Oct 2015
Tue, 2015-10-20 07:40
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