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Hey, this is Paige Hudson from Elemental Science. Come join us as we make our way to Crab Island!
Crab Island in Destin is a popular tourist attraction for the panhandle of Florida. It’s a sandbar in the middle of the pass between the Gulf of Mexico and the Bay near the Destin Harbor.
Many say that back in the 60’s it actually was an island, but nowadays the depth ranges from 1 to 4 feet, which means it’s a perfect place to anchor the boat and hang out in the water. You can only get to crab island via boat, jet ski, kayak, or paddleboard – swimming over is way too dangerous.
But once you are there you will find lots to do and visit, such as floating restaurants, an inflatable waterpark, and even a few snack boats that travel around – hello, ice cream while floating in the crystal waters. People come here from all over the world to soak up the sun and play in the water, but we don’t want you to miss the main science attraction – the hermit crabs!
Most hermit crabs can live in the water, but there are a few who can live on the land. All hermit crabs find shells to live in because they have a soft abdomen that they need to protect from predators. They move into shells that have been abandoned by snails or other marine animals. When they grow, they will move to a bigger shell!
Let us know what you know about these crustaceans in the comments below. And once you are done, you can learn even more about hermit crabs by heading on over to elementalscience.com/hermit-crab to download a free hermit crab unit study complete with notebooking pages!
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Let us know what you know about these crustaceans in the comments below. And once you are done, you can learn even more about hermit crabs by downloading a free hermit crab lesson complete with notebooking pages!
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