I went crabbing with my dad & brother this morning! We’ve been going crabbing for as long as I can remember. It’s in my blood & probably one of my favorite things to do. There are lots of different methods to catch them. Back when we had our boat in a marina, we would leave cages in the water for a bit and it was simple as that. We’ve since sold our boat and rent a little one now instead to go from piling to piling using the ‘scoop method’… you literally just scoop the crabs off pilings or the bottom of the river (hence why we need to go at low tide). There’s a special technique to catching them that I’ve got down pat. I’m quite the master crabber since I’ve been doing it all my life 🙂
Crabs on crabs. We caught about 4 dozen.
The houses on the Navesink River are gorgeous.
However, as I continue transitioning to a totally plant-based diet, I couldn’t help but feel some conflict inside me while scooping up crabs this morning. When I was younger, I always felt bad suffocating them by leaving them in a bucket without any water after they were caught. I guess I still do feel the same way, but as I grew up, I learned to ignore those thoughts because I have so much fun crabbing and enjoy eating them even more! Since I plan on not eating them at all eventually and don’t believe in animal cruelty, I probably shouldn’t catch them anymore either. I guess I could catch & release the ones I get, but I don’t think my family would be too happy if I caught some big guys then threw them back. Plus, that’s no fun. You see my dilemma?
I think that I’m also having a hard time because I don’t think about crabs the same way I do cows & pigs. Crabs are no where near as cute, smart, or lovable as cows & pigs are. BUT! It is a living thing that can feel pain and I don’t want to cause any animals pain anymore because all animals are created equal. BUT! I love going crabbing. I’m struggling here…
So you see, I’m a little stuck. Since seafood will be the last to go for me, I’m thinking that I will most likely go crabbing one more time this summer then retire my net (I crack myself up). If I truly want to commit to this lifestyle then I know not going crabbing anymore is something that would need to happen. It saddens me a bit because I enjoy going to spend time with my dad & brother but I guess we will just need to find another hobby to do together… that doesn’t include killing animals.
As far as running goes, I can’t imagine running 13 miles tomorrow. That’s what I have scheduled but I honestly don’t see it happening since I probably won’t get out there for a run today. I should be running right now instead of writing this post (a.k.a. stalking how to meet Taylor Swift tomorrow). I may just run 9 tomorrow and call it even. More excuses, I know, but I’m home for the weekend & want to enjoy myself and don’t really have time to go out for 6 miles right now. Well, I do, but like I said… Taylurking #PRIORITIES.