ahhh crabs!
By Evan Hynes and Crab(s)

Started on: 06/08/10 00:35:42
Medium: Visual

Today I found a crab on the beach. I was walking along the shore, enjoying the scenery, when my foot stumbled upon this shell, and I looked down and right next to it happened to be a crab. At first I thought the crab was dead, so I went to pick it up. As I was picking it up, all of its legs and two claws started moving quickly- it kind of creeped me out. At first I was a little surprised, but managed not to drop the crab, and instead set it down gently. It still didnít move an inch. I have a feeling one of the crabís survival mechanisms was to just stay still and camouflage with its environment, even thought that didnít really work. In my attempts to communicate with this crab, I first lied down on the sand to get on its level more. At least then I wouldnít be some tall giant who could crush him in a second with my huge foot. Anyways, I stared at him and wondered what it must be to like to live in an ocean. I had gone scuba diving before, but I had no idea what this little crab was up against in the deep unknown sea. I knew that me and this little old crab might not have much in common, but at the same time I was wondering if the crab maybe was wondering what it might be like to live on land, or in a house. Maybe it wasnít, but I definitely felt a connection and wondered for a while what it would be like to change places with this crab. I have adopted this newfound idea of trading places with an animal in my everyday life, though indirectly. I think, if I were this animal (such as the crab), how would I want to be treated? How would I want to be respected? I have become the advocate for the animals who though they cannot verbally speak language, still have an understanding of the world that we will never fully comprehend.
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