31 May 2005

Caution: Teachers at Play

The staff at my school is like most others. We’re willing to jump in and give one another some help when we’re asked. For example, last week one of our newer staff members sent out this request:

Question: So I'm trying to pick anyone's brain who has lived here for a while who knows how to clam and crab around these parts? My family's coming over to visit me this weekend and they want to go clamming/crabbing! Does anyone know anything about how to do this, what to use, where to buy, good/bad tide info?? HELP!

A teacher in our English department offered this advice:

You need to go to the fishery-supply outlet and get yourself some good crab sticks. Shrimp sticks will work if you can't find the crab-specific product. Anyway, you sneak up behind them (their eyes pivot so you must be stealthy) and then give them a good whoppin’ with the stick. I have a pair of leather-handled sticks from Crustacean Sensations - this company is to crabbing what Nike is to a tennis shoe. But I'm just name dropping. Anyway, if you can't find any you can borrow mine. Hey, for clams you just need a good shovel. Snow shovels can move the mud and sand faster. Be careful not to harvest clams if you notice any effluence leaking into your digging area from shore side. Be wary of brown clams. Good luck on your venture.

Next, our attendance secretary helped:

Clam "guns" work better for razor clams. Just be careful not to shoot yourself in the foot.

And finally, my department Chair chimed in:

I like the crab stick method, as well, but I find bringing the crab to me works more effectively than trying to sneak up on them. I generally hide among the seaweed and use a crab-caller to lure the crabs in close. It produces a high frequency sound which mimics the sound of a mussel in distress. I believe Crustacean Sensations carries these as well.

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