Ghost Crabs are common shore crabs in tropical and subtropical regions throughout the world, inhabiting deep burrows in the intertidal zone. Younger ghost crabs burrow close to the water, while older ghost crabs burrow higher up on the beach.
Atlantic ghost crabs are iridescent, sand-colored crabs that can be found on quiet beaches along the Atlantic coast. Generally around 2-inches in diameter, these small crabs are relatively harmless.They wander away from their burrow in search of food and will race back to hide when they sense danger.
Ghost crab hunting is a fun family tradition in popular Atlantic beach destinations like the Outer Banks. It's an inexpensive catch and release activity. A trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina would not be complete for my family without a late-night trip to the beach to hunt ghost crabs.
August 11th, 2012
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