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Eating Sand Fleas: Frying Up These Strange Sea Creatures

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Sometimes you just don't know until you try.

Sand fleas, sand crabs, sea cicada or Emerita are a small crustaceans that burrow into beach sand.

The little critters feed on plankton and roll around in the tides of America's Pacific and Atlantic coast, with plenty found on Florida's beaches. Apparently, they are also rather tasty.

These small crabs, which are actually part of the decapod crustaceans genus, keep busy burrowing through the sand in the swash zone.

They make great bait for a variety of game fish, including redfish (or red drum), striped bass, even flounder and sheepshead. But they're supposed to be perfectly edible for human consumption as well.

Don't just take my word for it, though; check out the video below.

Eating Sand Fleas May Not Be for Everyone

Someone had to try them out for the sake of curiosity. I'm not going to run out there and try to catch a mess of them, but I imagine almost deep frying anything up with some Old Bay seasoning, washed down with a cold beer would be pretty good.

If nothing else, they at least look edible, and if they're gross, that's what hot sauce is for.

Otherwise known as mole crabs and sand crabs, these sand fleas fit in nicely with some of the bizarre foods we've seen eaten by outdoorsmen and women over the years.

If you don't want to eat sand fleas, don't worry, they still make for amazing bait. Catch a few of them, rig them up and cast them out.

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Eating Sand Fleas: Frying Up These Strange Sea Creatures