In the shallow waters around Smith Island, a waterman harvests crabs by dragging a special dredge called a crab scrape behind his boat. He will rake up peeler crabs hiding on the bottom. The boats have a low draft that allow them to navigate in the shallow water where blue crabs hide in eelgrass while shedding their shells. The low sides of the boat make it easier to pull the crab scrape up over the side. “Crab Scraping in Tangier Sound” by Lenny Burton.
Ospreys nest in open surroundings for easy approach and safety from ground predators, siting their nests on treetops or on human-built platforms. During the spring migration, males begin to arrive around the Bay in early March to find appropriate sites and to gather nesting materials; females arrive several days later and immediately begin to arrange their nests. Osprey nests are built of sticks and are lined with grasses, vines, and algae. Sadly, they often include man-made objects such as plastic bags, Styrofoam cups, or other human debris. If we want to enjoy a healthy osprey population, it’s up to us to keep our lands and waterways free of litter! “The Nest Builders” by Marc Butt.
Almost exactly a year after the “Ever Given” was stuck in the Suez Canal, its sistership “Ever Forward” has been aground in the Chesapeake Bay for the last two weeks. It’s unknown why the 1,100 foot cargo ship missed a turn in the Craighill channel and became stuck in the mud. “Stuck” by Chris Stone.