The Outer Banks Has Some Spooky Creatures Haunting the Beaches After Dark
Fortunately, unlike The Gray Man, these creepy crustaceans aren’t a harbinger of death and destruction.
I’ve you’ve ever walked down the beach in the darkness and seen movement out of the corner of your eye or heard a “slight skittering noise,” chances are good you’ve had a run-in with the Atlantic ghost crab, another one of the Outer Banks’ ghoulish residents.
Fortunately, unlike The Gray Man, these creepy crustaceans aren’t a harbinger of death and destruction. But thanks to their translucent appearance and big beady eyes, Atlantic ghost crabs do have a habit of giving late-night beach-goers a bit of a fright. (Fear not, they’re essentially harmless.)
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“These elusive animals spend most of their days inside their burrows but come out after dark to search for food,” Cape Hatteras National Seashore explained via a Halloween-inspired Facebook post earlier this week. “They are omnivores and will eat both plants and animals, even other ghost crabs.”
According to OuterBanks.com, the best time to find ghost crabs is during the summer months, between late May and early September. To spot one in the wild, dress in dark clothes and carry a flashlight. Be quiet and head to less-trafficked areas for best results. And most importantly, don’t touch the little crabs.
“Whatever you do, don’t attempt to poke, prod, or pick up a ghost crab,” OuterBanks.com warns. “Although clearly not fatal, a ghost crab pinch can still be a little painful.”
Happy ghost (crab) hunting, y’all!