I'm going to Daytona next month and was wondering what to eat h out for, regarding crabs.
Crabs are not served live so no worries about getting pinched. At the beach it’s not a problem. If you are catching them yourself you position your hand behind them and hold on the middle of the shell- they will pinch you otherwise.
There are not that many crabs on the beaches and they are more afraid of you than you are of them. They will run and hide if they see you coming. I have not heard of anyone being pinched unless like PF said, you are trying to pick them up. In that case you must hold them from the back so the pinchers can not reach you.
Yes - I've never been pinched, nor know of anyone who has recently. Fear not. :)
We’ve been to the DB area 17 times and have only seen one live crab on the beach and that was after dark on a night beach walk.
We tried to get a closer look but it was gone in a flash.
Having said that, we do often stop and watch the tiny crabs hiding in the sand beside the wooden walkway next to Aunt Catfish’s on the River.
And thankfully, even the jellyfish haven’t been an issue for us in 17 visits over 18 years.
DD did have an encounter with a jellyfish at Myrtle Beach once, a dab of salve and an hour later she was ready to go back in the ocean.
35 years there, with a good part of 15 spent down at the beach, I've never had a problem with crabs, and thankful only indirect problems with jellyfish.
even if you were find a crab, and if it were big enough to pinch you, and you managed to corner it and aggravate it enough to pinch you....all you would have is a painful pinch.
Crabs aren't aggressive nor poisonous -- nor can they hurt you badly enough to even seek medical attention. I've needed a bandage for one or two particularly bad pinches (I was fishing for and cooking them...so not exactly an accidental encounter!) so I suppose you could neglect it and let it go septic and need a doctor for an infection....but "death by crab" is not a recognized statistic.
OP- after your visit to DB, if you have a moment, please come back and post a TR and let us know if you encountered any crabs.
Rarely pinch people, You will be fine.