matryoshka shells, groton, connecticut.

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matryoshka shells, groton, connecticut. i spent memorial day at the beach in groton – sunny but breezy as anything. instead of swimming and soaking up sunshine we collected shells and taught our littlest colleague about tide pools (since she’s 4).

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japanese shore crab, groton, connecticut.

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japanese shore crab, groton, connecticut. these crabs are an invasive species in long island sound, as they compete with native crabs for food and habitat. they look similar to the green crab, but they have three spines per side of their carapace rather than five. if i knew they were my direct competition for mussels and steamers he probably wouldn’t have made it back to the tidepool! (but there was a smiling face on his shell, so he won points for that)