Friday, November 27, 2009

Crabs from the Seashore

Continued walking along the beach looking for more interesting animals. Then I noticed many holes in the sand. The holes were about 7cm in diameter. That should that there was something digging these holes: Fiddler crabs. I spotted a few but they managed to retreat into their holes just before I could catch them. But in the end I managed to catch one pretty big individual who seemed to have lost both it's front claws.
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It was pretty fun photographing this crab as it would suddenly make a quick move and try to get away. It was a challenge for me to make sure it doesn't escape that fast too.
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I even held it in my hand!
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After having done with the fiddlre I moved on and found a group of fishermen catching fish and crabs from the sea. They caught them from just a few metres from the shore. They offered to let me take some shots of the creatures they had caught. This big crab that we sometimes see in our supermarkets was caught just a few metres from the shore!
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It then widens its claws and poses for me to take a shot.
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4 comments:

Kanak Hagjer said...

Wonderful to see creatures from the sea! I love to be at the beach too but only get a chance when we go south to my sister's in Chennai. Oh, I envy you Shawn!

Enjoy your holiday! Hope to see many more photos of amazing creatures!

Shawn said...

Thanks Kanak for you kind comment! I'm sure you'll also get more chances to enjoy yourself at the beach soon! Keeps your hopes high! You too have a great time this December!

Anonymous said...

Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

Ted said...

I think those big fiddler crabs are actually ghost crabs. They burrow like fiddlers, but they don't have a central burrow that they return to; they burrow as they need.

Their morphology is significantly different from a fiddler (and they are significantly larger -- they'll eat fiddlers!), which is why the claws don't look quite right.

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