A Photo Every Day from the Sunshine Coast - Australia

Sunday, 28 September 2008

Soldier Crabs

At low tide on the Mooloola River the Soldier crabs are on the march. These are tiny crabs, ranging from pea size to maybe 15 mm across their bodies, and they run in regiments.

I'd often wondered at how the blue colour gave them any camouflage at all, but perhaps this view of them running across a patch of sand with a heavy mineral content gives a hint.



Jane Hards Photography said...

Wow! Those look otherwordly. What a great catch.

Joan Elizabeth said...

They look like something from a Dr Who set ... should be a favourite with J.

Bergson said...

Crabs in the golden crowbars of Tintin.

I have never seen blue crabs

Nathalie H.D. said...

Amazing! I had no idea you had them on the sunshine coast. Are they seasonal???

Unknown said...

Those crabs are so cool! They look just beautiful!

Kris McCracken said...

This is a great image. Were the seagulls lurking around looking for a feed, or were they all in the local KFC carpark looking to score some chips? :)

bitingmidge said...

Although it sounds scary, we have stingrays that "mine" the waters edge once the numbers of crabs start to increase!

One day there will be heaps of crabs, the next, at low tide all we have is a mass of holes that look as though someone has been through with a shovel!

The seagulls don't have a chance!

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