Symbolism of the crab:
Humans and crabs are similar in that we both have vulnerabilities. We both have emotions and insecurities. The crab’s exoskeleton is what protects his vulnerable areas. It’s like a suit of armor. The crab is a reminder to us that protecting ourselves is a necessity. For a lot of us, its hard to put our needs before the needs of others and doing this too often can put us at risk of being taken advantage of.
The crab and the way he moves around has a very symbolic meaning for us. When a crab moves, he doesn’t go forward. Instead, he moves sideways. This reminds us that not all paths are direct and straightforward. Their meaning isn’t always so obvious. When you’re going in a certain direction, you might start to feel like it might be the wrong way to go. The right way to your goal might be indirect or sideways or “less-traveled” as they say.
Some facts about crabs that will make you say “What the shell??” 😉
- Crabs live in more places than any other sea animal. They are almost everywhere in the ocean, even smoking volcanic vents thousands of feet below the surface. They also live under the ice in Antarctica and one type of crab lives on land and can climb trees!
- There are 2 kinds of crabs. True crabs and false crabs. True crabs have a short abdomen and use 4 pairs of long legs to walk. These include blue crabs, spider crabs and ghost crabs. False crabs have longer abdomens and fewer walking legs. These include hermit crabs, king crabs and horseshoe crabs. There are around 5,000 species of crabs and only about 4,500 are true.
- Crabs hatch as tiny larvae and are very tiny, size of the head of a pin! Some crabs can lay and carry up to a million eggs at one time!
- Crabs have been around since the Jurassic period!
- Crabs can use their claws like a vice to crush things or like scissors for cutting. They use them like chopsticks to pick up food too. Crabs also use their claws to communicate. They communicate through sound, so they wave their pincers or make drumming or flapping sounds with them to get the attention of other crabs.
- Crabs outgrow their shells, so they have to climb out of it. This is called molting. A crack forms along the shell and then the crab just backs out of it. Most crabs molt six or seven times in their first year of life and after that its once or twice a year.
There are some crazy looking crabs in this world:
Pom-Pom or Boxer Crab – this guy has an anemone in the middle of each claw, so it looks like its holding a pom-pom.
Teddy Bear Crab – this crab has a lot of fur like fuzzy teddy bear
Raspberry Crab – the texture and color of this crab’s body looks like that of a raspberry
Orangutan Crab – this crab has thick brown hair like an orangutan!
The Perfect Choice for You!
If you identify with the crab on a deeper, emotional level, the Crab Oval Plaque can be a good reminder for you. When you hang it on your home and see it everyday, you can remember, its okay to think about yourself and your needs before others sometimes.
The Crab Oval Plaque can also be for those that just like the crab as an animal, think its cute even. 😛 Or maybe you own a Crab Shack Restaurant or Bait Shop or other Crab related business where the Crab Oval Plaque would look perfect hanging by the front door. You could also add the fun touch this plaque brings to your beach house.
The Crab Oval Plaque can be a great Family Name sign or Welcome sign. You could use your house number or house number AND street name! (if you don’t have a lot of numbers or long street name) Have something else in mind? Just ask. 🙂
Joke of the Day:
Q: Why wouldn’t the crab share his toys?
A: Because he was shellfish! 😛 😛