As of today I have sample populations of Sand crabs from 16 beaches processed and will be sharing this data at the Surfrider meeting Tuesday evening. I have been lucky to find 6 undergraduate students that are interested in working on the different aspects of my project! This will rocket forward the processing of the 50 plus sand samples I have in the lab and allow me the time to finish processing the 26 other sample populations of sand crabs I have.
So far 14 of the 16 sample populations have had sand crabs with particles or fibers ingested. I know that every single sand sample processed has had fibers and/or particles in it so I am interested to find out what the remaining crab samples look like.