There is no shortage of suspects. In fact, we have quite a diverse group of decapods (meaning “ten legs”) living beneath the surface of the waters surrounding Fishers Island.
Hermit crabs, European green grabs, Atlantic blue crabs, lady crabs, spider crabs, fiddler crabs, Atlantic rock crabs, Jonah crabs, black-fingered and white-fingered mud crabs are among the common crabs found beneath the clear waters of Dock Beach, hunting in the eel grass fields, or hiding under rocks at low tide.
Most of these crabs are predacious omnivores and scour the sea floor for fish, squid, clams, snails, old hot dogs, algae, seaweed, plankton – even other crabs of the same species. They are adept detritovores, scavenging dead plant and animal material, and as such play a key role in the ecology of the waters and marshes of our island.