Hi folks.... I'm in the greater Miami area and purchased 10 stone crab traps in October 2020 . At the end of last season (May 1 2021), one of them had a broken plastic slat.. I thought nothing of it and laid a strip of wood across to fix it. This October, I set the 10 traps and collected the first harvest of 2021. Four of my ten traps were compromised and I thought vandalized. On closer inspection, they were scissored out by what must have been very large and very desperate colossals. Their work was extraordinary as you could SEE where their pincer claw (the sharp one) grabbed and tore neatly through the plastic strip. I checked again this week for more crabs and two more had slats broken or completely removed (they did not bother with the chew-out piece). Look carefully at this photo at the broken slat piece halfway down this picture on the right hand side. See where the slat looks like a saw and you'll recognize where the scissor claw made perfect 1 milimeter semi-circular cuts in the plastic JUST LIKE a rudimentary can opener.
The final clue that they were breaking out was that in one of the traps that was NOT broken had 8 stone crabs in it - - two were collossal and 1/2 inch off the world record claw size. All traps were from the same manufacturer on the same date. I can imagine the savagery and pure force inside a plastic trap like that.