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18388 Coastal Highway #10

Lewes, DE 19958

(302) 313-5139

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Go Crabbing

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Short Travel

Outside

$5 - $10

STEM Connection

Decapod crustaceans are the best!  What's that, you say?  Oh, that's the scientific term for CRABS!  When you head out to catch your decapod crustaceans, try using anatomical language with the kids to strengthen their scientific vocabulary and build familiarity with the way we speak within STEM fields.  For example, all crabs have tails.  Yep!  True statement.  The tails are wrapped under their body...I mean...their thorax.  And their bodies are exoskeletons, and they're called decapods because they have 10 legs, and the males have bigger claws to show off to their potential wife.  And they walk sideways because, well, that's just how the joints in their legs work best. 

Best Location

There are a few GREAT places to go crabbing.

The Lewes Canal Front

211 Front St, Lewes, DE 19958

Massey's Landing (5 stars!!)

Long Neck Rd, Millsboro, DE 19966

Love Creek Marina

33833 Boat Hole Blvd, Lewes, DE 19958

Project Materials List

  • Bait (Chicken necks are best)

  • Bait string

  • Crab net

  • Bucket

  • Gloves

  • Tongs...if you don't want to get bit

  • Size rules...so you don't get arrested

These supplies can be found at bait shops, Ace Hardware, and Walmart.  (Walmart has the best prices.)

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Ideas, Notes, & Tips

Generally speaking, if you're over 16, you need a license, and if you catch a crab less than 5", you should let it go right away.  Lastly, if you're going to eat these guys, be sure to keep them alive until you're ready to cook them.  If it dies before cooking, it releases a poison that'll make you very sick.