The ‘Crabs on the Move project started in 2006. The Pine Needles Garden Club started this venture as a way to give back to the community in Washington. The crab statues were auctioned off to different organizations and businesses at a ‘Crab Ball,’ a black tie event that was held at the Washington Civic Center. The money raised went to local charities. The crabs were painted and decorated by local artists, then displayed in town. At that time, the statues would be moved to different parts of town on occasion. Thus the ‘Crabs on the Move’ became the name of the initiative.
Project objectives included providing a marketing tool for tourism, raising money for local charities, tying in with the Estuarium’s existing logo, providing an icon for tourists and locals in which to identify Beaufort County, and bringing Beaufort County’s first outdoor art exhibit to life – a showcase for our local artists.
The project eventually took a new direction when they were bought by various businesses, organizations, and individuals, (many were repainted) and were placed in permanent spots throughout Washington and Beaufort County.
Here is a list of the crab statues with locations and photographs for families, individuals and other groups can use as a type of ‘scavenger hunt’ to find and post your pictures.
We hope you enjoy this activity while social distancing.
If we have missed a crab statue, let us know where it is, and we will add it!
*Importance of the Blue Crab
The blue crab is the most abundant crab species in North Carolina, with the largest populations in the state being found in the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds. In 2018, the blue crab commercial fishery in NC totaled over 16 million pounds at a value of over $17 million dollars.