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Live horseshoe crabs to appear at Maine State Museum

Posted Feb. 07, 2014, at 4:15 p.m.
Carol Steingart of Coast Encounters with one of her favorite coastal creatures, the horseshoe crab. Photo courtesy of Coast Encounters.
Carol Steingart of Coast Encounters with one of her favorite coastal creatures, the horseshoe crab. Photo courtesy of Coast Encounters.
Horseshoe crabs will make a special appearance at the Maine State Museum on February 19 in a program conducted by Coast Encounters, a marine science discovery organization based in Wells, Maine. Photo courtesy of Coast Encounters.
Horseshoe crabs will make a special appearance at the Maine State Museum on February 19 in a program conducted by Coast Encounters, a marine science discovery organization based in Wells, Maine. Photo courtesy of Coast Encounters.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine State Museum in Augusta takes everyone to the coast during February school vacation week this year with a variety of fun educational programs about horseshoe crabs, tide pools, and lobsters. The programs, from Tuesday, Feb. 18, through Friday, Feb. 21, are all free of charge with the price of museum admission.

Headlining the activities is a special program titled, “Green Eggs and Sand: Horseshoe Crabs,” taking place on Feb. 19 with a snow date of Feb. 21. Carol Steingart and Alyssa Lyon from Coast Encounters will bring live horseshoe crabs to the museum and help visitors explore the secret lives of these extraordinary prehistoric creatures.

As Steingart explained in a press release, “Horseshoe crabs aren’t even true crabs! They are completely harmless and don’t pinch, sting, or bite. They also play a vital role in shorebird migration and keeping the human race free of disease.”

A focus on the coast continues on other days during the week as Maine State Museum educators present other hands-on programs; “Life in a Tide Pool” and “The Story of Claws: the Maine Lobster” will be presented at scheduled times on Tuesday, Feb. 18, and Thursday, Feb. 20. On Friday, Feb. 21, visitors will be invited to try their hands at the art of fish printing.

“Green Eggs and Sand” is made possible by the Friends of the Maine State Museum and a generous donation from the Bank of Maine. For more information about Fishy Family Fun Week, check out the Maine State Museum’s website: www.mainestatemuseum.org

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