Cantiague School Visits the WFC

Three first grade classes from Cantiague School, in Jericho made catching eels look like a piece of cake. Sushi restaurants everywhere will surely want to know their special techniques. Unfortunately, because we catch and release our fresh water wonders, it will have to remain their little secret.  One thing can be said though; it takes some patience, a quick flick of the wrist and net, and a bit of crafty eel wrangling to keep them from slipping away.

In the marsh, we received the scare of our lives! A horseshoe crab that appeared dried out and more expired than a carton of month old milk, suddenly started moving! From its size, it appeared to be between 15-20 years old. The kids’ quick thinking to bring it to the water so it could breathe, was a life- saver! This guy had quite an arduous journey if not for their assistance. We even found other species like barnacles and slipper snails catching a free ride on another horseshoe crab. Horseshoe crabs appear to be the equivalent of the Hampton Jitney Bus, but of the sea.

The day shaped up to be sunny and memorable for educators, children and teachers alike. No water from the sky, but plenty on the ground to explore!


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