Pic of the Day – Coral Hermit Crab

Striped Coral Hermit Crab – Paguritta vittata

Okay, so I am feeling crabby again, even though the biblical rain storm that we woke up to this morning has blown through (literally – huge, gusty winds right now), and the sun has made an appearance. I am crabby because I finally had a large cist removed from my lower back today. It was one of those things that I kept procrastinating about, not wanting to have the (minor) surgery I had this morning, for fear the stitches would keep me out of the water, and off the yoga mat, for a week or so. It ended up being quite the excavation (done in a surgical suite in a clinic under local anesthetic). The poor doc kept digging, and digging, and digging some more, trying to get the “bottom” of the thing (so it won’t grow back), that was very deeply rooted. So deep in fact that the local they gave me did not reach that area, and I just about hit the ceiling when she went in with the scalpel. She and her nurse assistant said it was the biggest, nastiest cist they had ever dealt with. So I’ve got that going for me I guess ;^)

Anyhoo, in keeping with today’s crabbiness, I offer up a Striped Coral Hermit Crab (Paguritta vittata). These things are t.i.n.y. – about half an inch max, and the body is always burrowed into their tubes in the coral, so what can be seen is maybe a 1/4 inch. They use those frond thingies, like the Spotted Porcelain Crab, to catch flyby food. I never would have seen one of these with my crapped out vision if my buddy Jamie hadn’t shown me one on a dive in Raja Ampat. Since then, I’ve kept a close eye out for them and have found them in Fiji, and other parts of Indo. Seriously challenging to photograph, at least for this blind old bat ;^)

The one featured above was found in the Banda Sea area of Indonesia.

About Judy G Diver

Born and raised on the west coast of Canada, I have always felt a strong connection to the sea. But for many years, I stayed on the surface, afraid of what lurked down deep. When I was in my early 30's, with three young children (aka the P's), my husband (aka Mr G) signed us up for a SCUBA certification course, as a surprise. Although I had my fears, my stubbornness prevailed, and somehow I made it through four murky, frigid, cold water dives in Vancouver to successfully pass the course. Soon after we went diving off the west coast of Mexico, in the Sea of Cortez, where my eyes were opened to the beauty and other-worldliness of the life down under. And the rest, as they say, is history. I currently have well over 2000 dives under the belt, and I have been fortunate to travel extensively in Asia, Australia, Fiji, Galapagos, Costa Rica, California, the Caribbean, Mexico and here in British Columbia. After shooting hefty DSLRs for many years, I just switched over to a groovy Olympus Micro Four Thirds camera, in a Nauticam housing, with dual Sea & Sea strobes and a bag full of lenses. In addition to this blog and my personal website (Awoosh.com/Directory), which is linked at the top of the blog, my stuff has been widely published in a variety of magazines and websites, including an ongoing regular monthly feature on Scubadiving.com. All links to this work can be found in this blog.
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