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The previous image would not be complete without a picture of the actual crab traps to go with the lines.

This image was taken a little later in the evening ... the setting sun was closer to the horizon and shedding a warm, orangey glow.

To keep it authentic, I've included the mast of the fish boat moored directly behind the nets.

  

Steveston, Richmond

BC

Canada

  

Dungeness crab fishing boats docked at a pier loaded with crab pots at Fisherman’s Wharf in the shadow of San Francisco Bay’s Alcatraz.

 

I watched this Gull diving for small crabs. He would land on shore and try to open the Crab's shell and when it could not, he would fly up about 25 feet and drop the crab to break it's shell. Sometimes it would do this two or three times until the shell cracked so it could eat the Crab meat inside. It then started the cycle over again.

A good year for crab spiders - I have yet to id this one so any suggestions are very welcome. These little creatures are under 1cm long and a bit of a challenge to get in focus but their details are exquisite - I guess that's in the eye of the beholder.

Crab spider (Misumena vati)

A male channel clinging crab hides in a crevice. The right eye is plainly visible on the upper, right side of the crab (I recommend highest resolution), and mouthparts are a bit further to the right and lower. Coralline algae and encrusting sponges provide distractions that make the crab harder to see. Guanaja, Honduras.

13065 passing Burrs Country Park on a Heywood - Rawtenstall service,01/02/2015

Crab spider (sp?) on umbellifera flower

Crab spider waiting on the daisy to ambush an unsuspecting visitor.

A little crab in a tank. See a closeup of him here.

 

Built for my Iron Builder competition with Bruce Lowell using the dark red fez piece.

 

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Crabbing off the pier - excursion planned.

 

Met a crab on the beach.

 

Scary.

 

Crabbing trip cancelled.

13065 passing Burrs Country Park on a Heywood - Rawtenstall service,01/02/2015

Morning around Mobile Bay.

Attended our company Crab Feast today down along the water in Middle River (nice to be near home, and no better setting to eat crabs than along the shore of the Chesapeake Bay).

 

After eating a good dozen of heavy big crabs I pulled the lens out. Before my daughter dug into another batch of them we configured them nicely on the table and I added in my cup of beer next to them ...

 

Then we had the make crabs not look completely defenseless there on the table :)

 

Temperatures in the upper 70's, sunny, crabs and beer ... great combination here in Maryland.

 

More festive captures to come from this fun day ;)

Crab spider in aggressive pose - you have to admire their bottle.

Puerto Egas, Santiago Island, Galapagos, Ecuador

Crab on Ascension island

Found in partially dry riverbed near Epta Piges

taking my long lens here as I was shocked at how many there were here. they were very shy though and surprisingly fast moving so with my 85mm this is heavily cropped

September 25, 2016 - The following text comes from Galapagos Conservation Trust website: "Sally Lightfoot crabs are brightly-coloured coastal scavengers, found in the Galapagos Islands and across the western coast of South and Central America. They have an extremely generalist diet, feeding on anything from sea lion placenta to other crabs. This makes them an important part of the ecosystem, as they provide services such as keeping the shore clean of any organic debris and eating ticks off marine iguanas. They are rumoured to have been named after a Caribbean dancer, due to their agility in jumping from rock to rock, their ability to run in four directions and their capacity to climb up vertical slopes. This extreme agility makes them very difficult to catch. Adult crabs show characteristic intense blue and red colouring on their shells, with a white or pale blue underbelly. Younger crabs have darker colouration with red spots, providing a higher degree of camouflage. Every time the crabs moult their shell, the spots become gradually larger, until they obtain the adult colouring.

 

Female Sally Lightfoot crabs carry their eggs around with them on their stomachs until they hatch into the water. The larvae then swim out to deeper waters, where they consume phytoplankton and undergo a rapid series of moults. Eventually they undergo metamorphosis to become juvenile crabs and swim to shore, where they start to scavenge, becoming bigger and more colourful with each moult. These juveniles tend to travel in large groups until they reach maturity, after which they become largely solitary when not mating. When they are not mating or feeding, the crabs spend their time hiding in cracks in rocks. If they are disturbed, they may spray water or shed one of their legs as a defence mechanism"

 

- See more at: galapagosconservation.org.uk/wildlife/sally-lightfoot-cra...

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