Thursday, August 12, 2010

Beach exploring

We made our first trip this summer to the local beach. Last year we were there a lot, but our weather has just not been very kind this summer. Today it was sunny and in the 70s. Perfect beach weather for us.
While we were there Sean found some lovely little critters. He has seen all of these since he was a baby, but for some reason it all resonated today.

 He loved them so much he decided to bring some of them home. 
We gathered rocks, sand and water for their new home. They are fascinating to watch. The rocks have barnacles attached, and one has a muscle. The barnacles have tiny little curled arms or tongues that come out and back in. The crabs dig in the sand and move rocks around, fight each other for territory (at least that's what it looks like) and climb up on the big rock we included in the little home. They poke their heads out for a while, then go back under.

I couldn't get a good shot of the barnacles. They are so tiny, and the water is a little murky since we just got it all set up.
I love how you can see the little hairs on the legs of this one though.
We have a red crab, this speckled one, some gray ones and I think there is one that is white with a couple of black spots on each side. So interesting that there are so many different colors.
We'll be researching crabs and sea life for a few days. 
Next week is Montessori Art Camp. YAY!

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