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I took my grandson to Thomas Point Beach in Brunswick, Maine to see the Horseshoe crabs come in to spawn.


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They show up on the incoming tides at high tides on the full and new moon every year late May to Early June to deposit their eggs in the sand at the high water mark.

 

In 2-3 weeks the babies will hatch looking like miniature adults and make their way into the water.

 

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over the stretch of the beach there were hundreds.  This was taken right around high tide during the day.  At night I have heard that thousands appear.

 

My grandson was intrigued by the foam on the beach and I told him it was sea foam…. And then I told him we could make Sea Foam candy.

 

he wrinkled his nose at me and asked how I could turn that foam into candy…

 

I told him it just looked like sea foam.  There wasnt any sea foam used to make it…

he then asked me if it smelled the same…

 

today I made him Sea Foam Candy.

 

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On 6/7/2024 at 12:14 PM, GoofyGarra said:

My fishkeeper brain is instantly calling the crabs "Giant hillstream loaches"

He asked if he could get a tank to keep some in…

Minimum tank size 180 gallons…

I got him to settle for e Horseshoe crab stuffie instead….

 

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On 6/7/2024 at 12:09 PM, Pepere said:

They show up on the incoming tides at high tides on the full and new moon every year late May to Early June to deposit their eggs in the sand at the high water mark.

 

In 2-3 weeks the babies will hatch looking like miniature adults and make their way into the water.

 

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over the stretch of the beach there were hundreds.  This was taken right around high tide during the day.  At night I have heard that thousands appear.

 

My grandson was intrigued by the foam on the beach and I told him it was sea foam…. And then I told him we could make Sea Foam candy.

 

he wrinkled his nose at me and asked how I could turn that foam into candy…

 

I told him it just looked like sea foam.  There wasnt any sea foam used to make it…

he then asked me if it smelled the same…

 

today I made him Sea Foam Candy.

 

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That was awesome to share that experience with your grandson. @Pepere

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We left the beach to go play on the 1960s playground at the park.  You remember the ones with old fashioned merry go round, jungle gyms and all metal slides that are 15 feet high in the sky…. I felt the slide with my hands before letting him climb,  I remember seared flesh on them as a kid.

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we went back to the beach about an hour and a half.

f later and not a crab to be seen as the tide had retreated from the high water mark…

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The beach where I do my hikes, there's generally a few flipped over.
When they're at the waters edge, the waves tend to get under the shell and flip them on their backs. Then the sun cooks them as the day goes along.

Some mornings I can walk down the beach and flip 20 of them back over.

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