Laura Harvey – a second year volunteer on our Light Trap project, had just opened up the cod-end of the light trap when she thought she saw a baby crab. But there was a lot of mucky brown stuff (technically known as MBS) and could not find the critter. “I just know I saw something,” she said after a few minutes of looking.
And there it was – a tiny critter almost translucent and a bit beige-y:
And just a few days before this, Rebecca Blundon was the first to discover an even tinier stage of the larval Dungeness crab development: the megalopae:
Just check out the difference in development and size…these both take keen eyes and some patience to discover all the treasures that our light trap produces. And – we still are looking for volunteers, especially for August and the early part of September.
If you are interested, please email us at email@example.com and sign up for this important and inspiring project.