A pebbling beach car and other activities that attract pebblers and other aquatic animals are a big attraction at Pebble Creek in the Colorado Plateau, but it’s not just the animals that attract you.
And for the most part, it’s safe to be around them.
“There are some pretty dangerous people out there,” said Michael Smith, an ecologist at the University of Colorado Boulder who has studied how pebbled beaches affect other species.
Smith said the pebblings in his area are the most commonly seen at Pebble Beach and are not always the ones most interested in getting in the water.
Smith has noticed a few people getting into the water with their pets and other small fish.
“We have a few that are just in it for the thrill of it,” he said.
“A couple of years ago, I noticed a couple of those people come out and I saw one of the fish come out with its head stuck in the sand.
And then I thought to myself, ‘That’s kind of interesting, I’ve never seen that before,'” he said, adding that it was the first time he’d seen a fish like that.
The fish had been living on the beach for about three weeks, Smith said, but he didn’t think much of it because it was only a small animal.
But then the next day, the fish came out and got on the rocks.
Smith said he was able to remove it and the fish didn’t have a problem with the removal.
He said the next morning he saw another one coming out of the sand, so he tried to remove the rock, but couldn’t get it off.
“I pulled out the rock and I thought, ‘What’s going on?'” he said with a laugh.
Smith then found a hole in the rock.
“There was a little bit of a hole there, and there was the fish and it was just swimming in there,” he recalled.
“It was like, ‘Wow, this is a very, very good time to go out,’ ” he said adding that the fish seemed to be enjoying its trip in the pebbly sand.
“And then I saw the other one, and then I figured out that I was getting in their way.”
While Smith said the fish was getting into his area because of the pebs, the park is looking at ways to prevent them.
The park has posted signs and is making some improvements to keep people from getting in and getting out of a peb bling, said Steve Hirsch, the parks director.
The park is also looking into what to do about people who don’t want to participate.
The signs will also include warnings about pebbing or removing sand.
Hirsch said he hopes to get people to stop coming into the park and take it out.
The other big draw is the peabble crab.
A peabler crab will swim up to you and you can try to capture it, Smith explained.
And he said the only way to do that is to put a bucket of sand in front of it and pull it in.
“If you want to capture something, you have to put the sand down,” he explained.
“It’s like a bucket with a rubber band.”
Hirsch said it’s important for the park to know what’s going to happen if you don’t stop the peabbler crab.
“The peablers don’t like being pulled in,” he added.
“If you don�t have a bucket in front, then the peabs won’t like it.”
For more information about the park, check out the park’s website or call the park at 720-876-7275.