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Ocean Origami - Shore Crab 🦀

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The shore crab is the most common crab species found along our shores – both in rockpools and on the end of crabbing lines! Usually green(ish) in colour, your origami shore crab can break the trend and end up any colour you can imagine!

Join the Living Seas Team for Ocean Origami, and learn how to make your very own Shore Crab. The best part? This one won’t nip!

Origami is, by definition, nice and simple. You probably already have everything you need lying around the house!

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What will I need?

To make your Origami Shore Crab, you will need:

  • 1 x piece of card or paper.
  • 1 x pen or pencil.

How do I make my Origami Crab?

You can learn how to make an Origami Shore Crab, using our Step-by-Step visual Guide or our How to Video Guide:

Step-by-Step Guide

You can flick through our step-by-step visual guide, which also comes with captions to help you along the way!

Please note: if you are using coloured paper/card, you will want to begin with the coloured side facing downwards.

How to Video Guide

You can join our #LivingSeas Engagement Officer, Beth, in making your Origami Shore Crab, by watching the video below:

We would recommend pausing the video, and re-watching sections where necessary!

Remember, every crab on our shore is unique – and so is yours! 💙

Fun Fact

You have eight seconds: Can you guess how deep (in metres) shore crabs can venture into the ocean?! 

How deep (metres) can shore crabs go?!

Additional Resources

Want to take Ocean Origami out with you? Why not download our free step-by-step PDF!