Kayaking today in Birch Bay, off the Strait og Georgia, I saw a crab buoy. Now, crab season doesn’t start for another month. And it had some growth on it. I decided to pull it up to see if there was indeed a crab pot on the end. The large amount of seaweed covering the line indeed indicated that the pot had been lost or abandoned some time ago. (And there were to juvenile dungeness crabs in the pot, but that’s not important to the question.)
After dropping the pot I started paddling to shore. I noticed what looked like the very small holdfasts or another part of seaweed sloshing around in the floor of the 'yak. I also saw a dungeness crab larva swimming about, and a dungeness crab about the size of my thumbnail. I caught the last and sent it overboard. The larva? I dunno. Maybe it was washed out the scupper. I saw that one of the inch-long seaweed-looking things seemed to have taken root. So quickly? Hm…
I picked it up and it was chitinous. That too, weht overboard. Then I saw that there were many of these things. They looked like some sort of little shrimp, only they bore a strong resemblance to the walking stick insect. Given the circumstances and their appearance, it seems obvious that it lives on the seaweed.
I assume it was some kind of a shrimp. Does anyone know what it might have been?