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The mysterious Savannah lobster

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 05/29/2013 - 11:52am

Recently our family was enjoying a beautiful, sunny day by hiking on the nature trail behind the Skidaway Island Aquarium. We stopped for a time to explore a marshy area where the kids tried to catch fiddler crabs and look at shells. My 7-year-old son was especially happy to catch the little crabs, admire them, and send them on their way.

As we were about to move on, I noticed my son digging through some dead marsh grass in pursuit of what I thought was another fiddler crab. After a minute he stood up, quite pleased with himself, and announced, “I caught a lobster!”

Knowing good and well that there are no lobsters around here, I was curious as to what kind of strange creature my son had found. I walked over for a closer look, and there, sitting nicely on the end of my boy's finger, in a lobster-like pose, was a spider about an inch long!

When I told my son he had caught a spider, he examined it, exclaimed “Oh!” and shook it off. So much for his first lobster catch!

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