Prowling Land Crab

A Blue Land Crab (Cardisoma guanhumi), also known as the Great Atlantic Land Crab, prowls around its burrow in this short movie slightly sped up to make it a bit more interesting for us lazy humans. This unusual albino Land Crab lives on the edge of a mangrove wetland bordering a front yard on the barrier island along the Indian River Lagoon in Indian River County, Florida. Watch toward the end, the sudden shift in the camera angle is actually caused by the Land Crab moving the camera, which the Crab takes great interest in whenever the camera is out by the Crab’s burrow. This footage is an excerpt from my shambling attempt to document the life history of the Land Crab and its beach-dwelling cousin, the Ghost Crab. With a little more motivation on my part, this project will get done — one day soon!

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