Sunday, December 20, 2015

Cromer Crab Cadavers


A collection of crab tails
 In A Witch Wanders Toward Winter, after being presented with only crab claws, Hound asked what happened to the rest of the body parts.

 Well, a few days ago I took another walk on the beach, and - Abracadaver! - discovered the missing pieces of the puzzle:



A "hand" of crab claws

A spray of claws

Cancer pagurus leg (or pereiopod)

More crab legs and a partial claw arm (cheliped) still attached to a bit of thorax

Partial shell of Cancer pagurus

Crab shell cavity

This one's lost his/her eyepatch!

Crab tail (abdomen)

Upper and lower parts of the tail


 After trawling through those crab parts, here are some other flotsam and jetsam from the beach:
 
Holey (not holy) stones and driftwood

A mermaid's purse (egg case from a skate)

Underside of some sort of mollusc...

...and from the side...

...and the pretty topside.

This red gurnard was flopping around on the sand, presumably having been washed up by a wave, so I gingerly (because it had lots of sharp, pointy fins) flung it back in the sea!

Whelk egg cases



21 comments:

  1. Colorful comber crab collection! Congrats!

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  2. Ah, so you were finding someone's leftovers. The Cromer equivalent of an abandoned kebab!

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    1. Yes, the mermaids around here go all out on a Friday night, and this is the result.

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  3. My goodness, but I bunch of mermaids have a thanksgiving dinner or what? I have never seen so many parts laying about. At least the red gurnard survived, as creepy as it is. Amazing pictures handsome!

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    1. Those mermaids certainly are messy eaters. And I'm wondering if the gurnard did survive after I threw it back - It probably got devoured, too!

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  4. You're pretty good on body bits.(The Latin names, I mean.I wouldn't presume to know about any other sort of "good.")
    I wonder we'll find on our beach? A couple of Life Savers in scarlet lycra and perhaps some bits of shell...

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    1. Well, Wikipedia helped a bit with the names.

      Life Savers in scarlet lycra, you say? Photos please!

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  5. Well,the best I could find was http://www.stingersuits.eu/index.php?kat1_id&start=1&lang_id=en, but when they drag to check for jellyfish, most of them wear leggings.

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    1. Well, at least it's not David Hasselhoff in his Baywatch days.

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  6. Beach combing, my arse.

    You simply emptied the bin from Cookie's Crab Shop.

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  7. Merry Christmas!! I'm officially no longer crabby.
    Sx

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  8. Awesome fotos! One must always be careful & practice safety when getting close to unfamiliar fish. You can't just let your wood drift into any mermaid's purse; you'll likely to catch loads of crabs that way.

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    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you & yours, IDV.

    May the holidays surround you with joy & peace, & May the New Year bring you good luck, good people, & good times!

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    1. Oh, Eros, I've missed you and your eloquent and thoughtful words of wisdom.
      I hope you're enjoying yourself, and have a happy New Year, too!

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    1. Thank you, lx. I hope you had a wonderful time, too.

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  10. PS: Have you seen the new Star Wars yet?

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    1. Not yet, but, rather surprisingly, The Mother has shown an interest in seeing it, so I may escort her in the very near future?

      Have you? And, if so, what did you think?

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    2. Yes, saw it twice last week — 2D and 3D IMAX. Will likely see it a couple of more times. The crowd at both showings were of mixed ages and seemed to enjoy it.

      Yes, I liked it. The overall feel of it is more in line with the original.

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