Take The Kids On A Catch & Release Crabbing Adventure On Alabama's Gulf Coast
Just after sundown, you'll find parents and kids chasing little sand crabs along the beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
Ghost crabbing, they call it. Basically, these critters are little shore crabs who burrow deep down into the sand and can be easier found at night when the beach is darker. Flashlights and pails are the only tools needed to create hours of squealing fun for families. Many make it a beach vacation tradition to go hunting for crabs.
It's definitely a fun activity the entire family can enjoy and teaching kids to release their catch is always a good lesson in ecological awareness. Another good subject to talk about with your children is sea turtles which nest on the beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. As they hatch and are searching for their way to the water, flashlights may disorient them or cause them to take the wrong path. If you are going to be crabbing at night, stop by one of the Welcome Centers for free red stickers to use with your flashlight (even on your phone flashlight) to help protect the sea turtles.