Canaveral National Seashore | Titusville | Florida Looking like a vista from an alien world, this black and white negative view enhances the tracks in the beach sand of a Ghost Crab emanating out on different trips back and forth to its burrow, the hole the crab lives in, shown white in this negative view toward the center bottom of the image.
Baby Ghost Crabs can often be seen during the day walking around on the beach, something the adults seldom do since they would be easy prey for birds and other predators. The baby Ghost Crabs, though, are tiny, about the size of a quarter, and blend in almost perfectly with the sand making them hard to see. A baby Ghost Crab forages on seaweed at night. Another view of a baby Ghost Crab camouflaged against the sand. A baby Ghost […]
The 19th Annual International Sea Bean Symposium was held on 17 & 18 October 2014 in Cocoa Beach, Florida. While I am interested in sea beans, properly called drift seeds which are seeds from tropical plants from the jungles of South America that wash down to the sea and drift thousands of miles to eventually wash up on Northern Hemisphere beaches, I was delighted to find that Ocypode quadrata, the lowly Ghost Crab, was represented by the amazingly lifelike fossilized […]
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My fascination with Ocypode quadrata continues with various shots of Ghost Crabs on the beach after a gold-tinged sunset. Ghost Crabs can see 360-degrees around with their eyestalks, except for directly overhead, so this Ghost Crab may not have a good view of me looming overhead with the camera. On the other hand, this Crab can clearly see me taking a picture given the high position of its eyestalks allowing for a good view of what is going on behind […]
The Blue Land Crab (Cardisoma guanhumiz) migration is heating up again as we reach the October full Moon meaning there are a lot of strange invaders on the beach with waving eyestalks and menacing pincers in Indian River County, Florida. Last night, the Land Crabs on the beach were waiting for the high tide to recede so they could enter the shallower water to release their eggs. Note the large, brown, egg mass hanging down from the center of this […]
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