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Ocean City in Worcester County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Blue Crab

 
 
The Blue Crab Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 30, 2013
1. The Blue Crab Marker
Inscription. This colorfully armored crustacean is one of the best known and most valuable scavengers of the bays and coves along the Atlantic shore.

Crabbing Technique
Tie a fish head on a piece of raw chicken to the end of a twelve foot string. Tote your bait out a short distance from the dock or bank, keeping a little tension on the string. You may have to tie on a weight to keep your bait on the bottom. When you feel a crab pulling, carefully draw the bait and crab toward the surface. As soon as the crab comes into view, your companion will be able to capture it with the net just below the surface. Donít be discouraged if a few get away, crabs are speedy escape artists.

Growth of a Blue Crab
Crabs develop from tiny eggs to adults in several stages. As zoea and megalops they look more like shrimp than crabs. After they take the shape of adult crabs they molt) shed their hard shells) up to twenty times. Crabs that have just molted go through a “soft-shell” stage until their new shells harden.

Commercial crabbers, string trot lines, nets, and crab pots, take hundreds of millions of blue crabs annually. You can catch crabs in this area with a simple bait line and a crab net.

Regulations
Make sure you are familiar with regulations before crabbing. Information
The Blue Crab Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 30, 2013
2. The Blue Crab Marker
is available at Refuge and Park visitor centers. For practical eating, take only crabs which measure at least five inches from point to point. Take only what you need.

Donít Cook Dead Crabs---
Dead, uncooked crabs quickly accumulate poisonous substances. Keep crabs alive for cooking by storing them in a cool, shady, waterless container. An open cooler with some seaweed in it is ideal.
 
Location. 38° 19.517′ N, 75° 5.317′ W. Marker is in Ocean City, Maryland, in Worcester County. Marker is on South 2nd Street. Click for map. The marker is overlooking the Ocean City Inlet. Marker is in this post office area: Ocean City MD 21842, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Birds of the Shore (here, next to this marker); Shore Camping / Island Exploring (here, next to this marker); Island on the Move (within shouting distance of this marker); The Horseshoe Crab (within shouting distance of this marker); Trail of the Whispering Giants (within shouting distance of this marker); Largest Fish (within shouting distance of this marker); British Manufactured Cannon (within shouting distance of this marker); "The White Marlin Capital of the World" (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Ocean City.
 
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The Blue Crab Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 30, 2013
3. The Blue Crab Marker
This photo shows markers overlooking the Ocean City Inlet
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 240 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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