Tuesday, April 9, 2013

H is for Happy Crab

Each day in April, except for Sundays, we are challenged to write on a topic that begins with the letter of the day.  Sunday will have a poem maybe topic related or at least Maine stuff, but not assigned a letter.  Click on the AtoZ Challenge tab above and visit more bloggers participating in this alphabetically challenging month!

It's also Slice of Life Tuesday, so head over there when you are done here at the shore!

My topic is Maine Lobster Boat Names...with a Trawler or two thrown in for missing letters.  Photos are all taken by me, of boats on the coast here in Maine.  They are mostly on land, as this is where they are parked for the winter awaiting warmer days and lobsters to return from deeper waters.  It was fun driving around, jumping out of the car, snapping a picture and taking off to find the next one.

I love this boat!  It definitely looks happy!  Love the color.  It just seems to be smiling.

"Happy Crab"

Warmer days
Gulls winging
Sun, fog, rain
Wind singing
Boat launch May
Happiness springing

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Educational Haven:

Hands-on Education - Lobster Conservancy Educational page - Lobster Curriculum.

Homarus americanus is the species of lobster caught in Maine waters.
Hard-shell lobsters =  Black mottling on the underside of the claws of the live lobster show that it is in its hard shell. They have not recently molted and you will need nutcrackers or a rock (seriously) to get the shell off after it's cooked.

Lobsters exhibit 'handedness'.  A lobster could have the crusher claw (dominant hand) on the right side while others will have it on the left.
 
Hen = A female lobster.
Hauling traps video (it's long...watch a bit) - not my video...YouTube of a local.

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    1. I love this one, too! Such a cheerful color! Looks like it's smiling!

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  2. I never knew that female lobsters were hens. This was fun and informative. I also enjoyed your poem.

    Julie

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    1. It's always fun to learn something new. Maybe you can use it someday on Jeopardy!

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  3. What fun topic. I liked the educational extras! I never knew what a lady lobster was called. Dan asks - "What a male is called?

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    1. The female can also be called a chicken if she's about a pound, and the male is a cock.

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  4. Beautiful boat! I love lobsters they are delish...never knew the females were called hens however. very interesting info!
    Thanks for visiting my blog.

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    1. Oh, they are good! Can't get enough!

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  5. i never knew a female lobster was called a hen---fascinating info!

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    1. Sometimes, at about a pound, they're called chickens. Do you like to eat boiled lobster?

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  6. The poem shows the happiness too, of Happy Crab. The video is terrific. That's authentic learning!

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    1. I'd love to see it on the water in action..

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  7. I remember enjoying some wonderful crab, clams and lobster at De Millo's floating restaurant in Portland, last time we visited family in New England. I hope to repeat the experience on our trip over in September! ;-)

    SueH I refuse to go quietly!

    Twitter - @Librarymaid

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    1. Been there...i know some more great places, so let me know if you want any more ideas!

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  8. I love sitting next to the harbor and reading boat names. It is fun thinking of the stories that go with the names- some very unique ones out there!

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    1. They are fascinating, and there are some really creative ones!

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  9. Always learning something new! Thanks!

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    1. Glad you stopped by! I dropped by your site also!

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  10. What a unique theme! I've always been intrigued by boat names. Cheers!

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    1. Do you have a blog? Couldn't fine you...
      Post your url so I can pop on over!

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  11. That does look like a happy boat. It looks almost as happy as I was today since it hit 80 degrees! Woo Hoo! It's not going to stay there, of course, but at least it was a taste of things to come.

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    1. Oh, wow! I am in northern Maine on vacation...why do we go north and not south...and it is snowing today.

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  12. Donna
    I didn't know a female lobster is a hen. But then why should I, huh? I know nothing about lobsters but this is teaching me. Is that your video and your little boy? It is such a great vid. Looks like a great life to be involved with boats and lobsters and catching them. Hope you had a wonderful H day.

    Manzanita
    wanna buy a duck

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    1. This is a video of a local person, not my family. My grandfather was a lobsterman, but we have no one in our family now that does it, just friends and neighbors.

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  13. Hi, love your poem about the Happy Crab. I am also tackling poetry as part of my A to Z challenge and also because it is Poetry Month. If you have a chance, I love feedback on some of my poems on my blog. I love poetry too.

    http://mary-anderingcreatively.blogspot.com/

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    1. Will drop in soon! Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. That boat does seem to have a beam, ha sorry my attempt at nautical wit gives me a sinking feeling ;-)

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    1. KOL (keeled over laughing) - thanks for stopping by!

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