In recognition of what ought to be a great summer of crabbing on Puget Sound, I’ve compiled a variety of crab-related videos.
In the video player at right, you’ll learn about The Crabman, Brodie Anderson, a brave young man who communes with nature by catching crabs and talking to them.
Ever wonder how crabs act as they approach a crab pot sitting on the bottom of Puget Sound? What are they thinking as they partake of the goodies inside the trap? How do they feel when they realize they can’t get out? OK, maybe we won’t get answers to all these questions, but you can learn a lot from this time-lapse video (below) taken off Camano Island by Squire Productions. For more info on crabbing in Puget Sound, begin with the news release by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
In a series of rather odd videos, actor Patrick Duffy carries on discussions with a friend, who just happens to be a crab. My favorite is his conversation about “American Idol.” I always wondered if a singer prefers to be called “pitchy” if he or she is off-key or misses a few notes.
For more crab discussions, visit Patrick Duffy and the Crab. For the back-story on how these short features came about, check out Liz Shannon Miller’s blog entry “Patrick Duffy and the crab make for a very odd couple.”
I’m not sure how I missed the 1957 movie “Attack of the Crab Monsters,” but it is a classic, if the movie trailer is any indication:
“Here are monsters with razor sharp claws that hand grenades and dynamite cannot stop, nor searing fire and flame, nor tons of crushing rocks, as mankind faces its last desperate chance.”
Another classic battle is the crab versus the millipede, a battle that seemingly never ends.
There is no entanglement at all in this skirmish between a crab and a Dachshund puppy.
Crabs are famous for their mass movements of molting and mating, as shown in these videos from Australia and Cuba. All this should give you something to think about when you’re pulling in that crab pot.