Crabbing Gone Wrong

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Crabbing season just kicked off in San Francisco so a couple of days ago, my ingenious brother and sister decided to go crabbing. Now they've never done this before and following the lead from my sister's boyfriend, the game plan was to go to the ocean during low tide and catch some crabs. According to the boyfriend, during low tides, the crabs come up to lay their eggs and he claimed to have done this before. Hearing how easy this method was, my siblings, sister's boyfriend and some friends went to the ocean around ten at night to catch their crabs.

My brother says surely enough, it was low tide when they arrived at ocean beach. The water had receded very far back and they walked deep in looking for the crabs. My sister didn't want to get wet so she and a friend stayed back while the others walked deep in the ocean. Did I mention that neither my sister nor my brother can swim? Anyhoo, my brother says not too long into the adventure when he noticed the water was coming forward unusually high. The first waves came up to his calves. He was a bit alarmed but brushed the thought aside. The second waves, which came fairly quickly, went up to his knees. He looked out into the ocean and saw a tall wave coming. Now at this point, my brother said he thought of running as quickly as possible but was afraid he might trip and fall and that would have been more dangerous. So he didn't run and just stood there. The third waves reached up to his underarms. He's 5'10" so I thought if my sister, who is 5'5" was with him, the water would have reached up to her neck which, by the way, is beyond scary for someone who does not know how to swim.

After the last high waves, everyone, except for my sister and a friend, was too wet and cold to continue so they went home. When I heard this story, I just shook my head. I asked my brother what in the world was he thinking? His answer? "Food for dinner". He said he'll try again this week and see if he could catch anything. I told him to wear some swimming arm floaters in case he gets washed away. Casting all jokes aside, I told him not to do it again and just go to the supermarket and buy the crabs. He still wants to give it another shot but says he knows now to start walking back when the water gets high to his knees. At least he learned from his first experience to be more careful the second time around.

18 comments:

Gratitude said...

You gave good advise. Accidents mostly occur on the inexperienced. We may be intelligent beings, but our minds do get clouded sometimes out of greed or when the adventurous mind creeps-in, which makes us careless. In your brothers case, the dinner wuz not worth the risk taken.

+Anton+

Dora said...

oh you must warn your bro that safety comes first always!

Cheryl said...

I think it might be easier to just buy crabs at the market! However, I guess if they wanted an adventure they surely had one!

Superman said...

Oh, that's dangerous. Better don't play with the water. Got to be safe than sorry.

ladyviral said...

Usually if you encounter a tall wave coming what you do is face your back at it because if you were to be facing is directly, and if it pushes you down, it is harder for you to get up, and theback is easier as you can see what is going to happen if it knocks you over.

Oh and make sure to jump up when the waves come, won't hit you that hard :).

Willie a.k.a Reptoz said...

Wow...I used to catch crabs when i was a kid. Always followed my uncle to the beach at night.

But then, Phew...you guys were safe.

Rose Belle said...

@Gratitude - Sometimes fun clouds people's judgements. My brother loves doing things out of the ordinary for the thrill of it and as a elder sister, I have to be his voice of reason and most of the times, he listens.

Rose Belle said...

@Dora - I remind my siblings about safety all the time, they're just stubborn sometimes.

@Cherly - Yes, I agree. I would just go buy my crabs.

Rose Belle said...

@Superman - That was probably the first thing that came out of my mouth when my brother told me his story, his response was "yeh, yeh".

Rose Belle said...

@Ladyviral - Thanks for the advice! I never knew that but it makes absolute sense though.

Rose Belle said...

@Willie - Really? My sister's bfriend said that was how he caught his crabs every year. Hmmm...this year turned out a lot more dangerous and difficult.

KN said...

My friends are doing the same and they managed to catch some big crabs. I think your brother went at the wrong time. Usually the crabs are visible because they are crawling towards inland, you don't have to go out too deep into the water. As always, practice good safety in whatever you do!

Tracy said...

With tsunamis happening unexpectedly, I'd be more diligent when going into the ocean especially at night.

Rose Belle said...

@KN - Many people say the same, that he went at the wrong time. I never knew crabbing was possible at ocean beach.

@Tracy - I tell my brother about the danger of tsunamis all the time. He was afraid that it might be a tsunami coming that night too.

Mei Teng said...

I have never gone crabbing before. I believe it must be such a fun activity...especially for little ones.

Happy weekend!

I am using a Canon slr with a few lenses.

Mishal said...

wow.. nice story.... u r right having someone to turn in times of need is a blessing... should b grateful to the people who care for us.. coz they are the one that makes our life beautiful...

Rose Belle said...

@Mei - Thanks for the camera info. Have a good weekend too!

@Mishal - Thanks for your comment!

Ms. Freeman said...

OMG! That would have scared the bajesus out of me. I am a lover of crab but I'm not willing to nearly die for them. Hello! LOL:) Well at least it sounds like he had fun.