This Dog Loves to Winkle Crabs from the Sand and Play with Them

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Winkle is shortened from the word periwinkle, a marine gastropod or sea snail. The use of winkle as a verb means to “extract or obtain something with difficulty”.  Winkle originated as a noun from the 16th century and became popular as a verb in during the mid-20th century.


This black labrador enjoys digging deep into the sand in Brazil, using its snout to winkle out a crab entrenched in the beach.  Her digging finished, Sheila the dog prances back to let the crab scurry out of the whole.  The raised claws of the defensive crab don’t seem to deter this canine as she enjoys scampering around the crustacean, pretending to nip at it.





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