Editorial for 16 May: Don’t crab about weather

If you give credence to the baby land crabs invading Cayman
Brac, we’re in for a nasty hurricane season.

The superstition about the invasion of the crabs is so
imbedded that they are called Hurricane Crabs.

Indeed, many old timers throughout the three Cayman Islands
will tell you that an influx of crabs around this time of year is an omen for
bad weather to come, and with hurricane season just around the corner, the
crabs could be giving us fair warning.

And who’s to say they’re wrong?

It’s a known fact that cows lying down in a field means wet
weather to come and all fishermen worth their salt know that when cows are
lying down the fish won’t be biting.

Before all of our modern technology and gadgets to help us
predict what the weather is going to do, our forefathers looked for signs in
nature to determine weather patterns. Most of the time they were right.

If the crabs are giving us a forewarning about an impending
bad hurricane, we should take their message and begin to prepare.

After all, the start of Hurricane Season 2012 is only a few
weeks away.

Cayman Free Press staff is in the process of putting together
the annual Hurricane Guide, which will be published before the season starts.
Be sure to get your free copy with it comes out on 5 June.

It will be filled with useful information about what you can
expect before, during and after a storm as well as suggestions of what to stock
up in the way of disaster supplies. The guide is useful for those who have
weathered many storms and those who are new to the Cayman Islands.

While the weather prognosticators aren’t predicting a bad
hurricane season, it takes only one storm to bring us disaster to make it bad
for us.

The best thing each and every one of us can do is to be
aware that we live in the path of Caribbean hurricanes and do all that we can
to make sure we, our families and businesses are prepared.

As for the baby crabs, we hope they successfully make it
into the bush to grow and in time make it to stove pots for tasty Caymanian
crab dishes.





  1. Crabs moving inland isn’t the only sign that Mother Nature gives us. There are plenty of others and I’m sure the seamen and fishermen, and even a few dive instructors can tell people plenty.

    Conchs bury themselves, and in places where shark sightings are common they disappear too before bad weather hits. Back on land, crabs climbing to higher spaces is a warning of an imminent storm hit.

    I’ve seen all these things a few times.

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