Wednesday, 5 December 2007

Feeling Crabby?

Wherever you look on the beach at Ormond, there are small holes in the sand, and if you are patient, you'll see the resident sand crab doing his housework and carrying out extra sand. This is a small one, about 2 inches across the carapace.

But this bigger one was about 4 inches across, and was feeling quite belligerent about being disturbed.

He (or she?) was ready to stand and fight.


He waved his claws in the air in a threatening manner, and then quite sensibly decided that I was bigger than he was, and he scuttled away among the sea oats.

20 comments:

imac said...

Bet you were flat out taking that one. great and interesting post.



Last post of the east coast

Craver Vii said...

Interesting creatures, aren't they?

bigbikerbob said...

Yes I think your right about being a he crab, if I remember rightly the female has a rounded flap on her underside,(dont take that as gospel).As imac(isnt that a cream)says you must have been pretty low to take those shots.

rosemary said...

That is one ugly crab....I'd hide in the sea oats too.

Annie said...

That large one is a most wonderful crab. I often feel exactly the same, before I skitter away.

Your T's were a terrific addition to my blog post today.

madretz said...

maybe he thought you were paparazzi and he's actually a very famous crabactor.

Ex-Shammickite said...

Mad... would that be Crabarazzi?? :-)

Neva said...

very intriguing.

Changes in the wind is said...

Great pictures! I have to admit..I can be a crab too sometimes and wish people would keep their distance:)

photowannabe said...

Crabby...Me?...never....LOL
Somedays are like that....
I love your capture of a very irate crab. I wonder what he would say if he could talk.

Ming the Merciless said...

Hahahaha! Great story!

Maybe it mistaken your camera in its face as a sign of aggression.

Runaway Rubber Duckie said...

What are sea oats??

Ex-Shammickite said...

Rubber duckie: I copied this from Wikipedia: Sea oats (Uniola paniculata) are a type of grass that grows along the East Coast of the United States, Mexico, and on islands in the Caribbean. Sea oats are well suited to saline environments, and are often used in soil stabilization projects, because their long root structure firmly holds loose soil. Sea oats are a protected grass in most states along the East Coast.

Lilli & Nevada said...

that is a great close up shot of a crabby crab.

Martin Stickland said...

Cute!!! Reminds me of the crabby thing from sponge Bob if you have heard of that program!

Isadora said...

such great close ups! too bad it was just a small critter and not enough for dinner :)

Kerri said...

OK - am I the only one who would have been scared to death and would have scampered away first??

I may have even scampered away from the little one
HEE HEE HEE:)

You were very brave taking these shots :)

Lizzy said...

Not half as cuddle as the goldendoodle!!!

Xtreme English said...

those are sand crabs? does one eat them?

Ginnie said...

LOL at Crabarazzi! HA! I love it. To all of us married to Cancer signs, we know those crabs have a hard outer shell but a soft inner body! :)