Ghost crabs are called that because they are camouflaged to slink around at night. Found on the upper beach out of the intertidal zone, they blend in with the sand and run in all directions. They eat clams, birds' eggs, mole crabs and most anything else they can scavenge. They have to enter the water periodically to rewet their gills.
More active at night, the ghost crabs burrow deep holes to hide out. The holes can be as much as four feet deep, and provide shelter in the winter when the crabs become dormant.
Ghost crab holes can be found on Masonboro Island, but on the more-populated beaches you probably won't find ghost crabs in abundance.
The Mission of the Cape Fear River Assembly is to provide for the highest quality of life possible for the residents of the Cape Fear River Basin, through the proper management of the Cape Fear River, its tributaries, and adjacent land uses.
This mission will be accomplished through our support of efforts to investigate, educate and effectuate. Scientific study coupled with economic analyses will provide the information needed to make the best possible decisions regarding this river system and its uses.
Education will provide for a better informed public and thereby improved stewardship of the river system as a resource. Then finally, development of policy will bring into effect the benefits of the information and education.