So by now you might be thinking – whassup with the roll call of crustaceans? Is this chick crabby or what?
There is something you might not know about me – I get on a thing (Words With Friends, the completely, totally, awesome Houzz app, cranking through the editing of a trip’s images, reading a certain author, creating a slideshow, planting a garden, yada, yada), and I can become a wee bit obsessed for a time. It might be a mild form of OCD, or just the machinations of a highly focussed mind ;^)
So, right now, I am a bit hooked on crabs.
There are so many varieties, especially in the Tropical Pacific. I like to take pictures of crustaceans, and I have quite a lot of stock to share. And I love crabs – somehow, these crusty little critters seem to project personality.
Today’s crab – the weird and wonderful Orangutan Crab – is just such an animal. Usually found on bubble corals, they look just so, I don’t know, grumpy and belligerent, that they charm me.
This guy is more Chewbacca than crab. Hairy, leggy, red eyes on stems – it could be a creature from another world.
The Orangutan Crab has a carapace (its ‘shell’) that is about 3/4 of an inch across. With its spindly legs, it takes up a couple of inches of real estate on the reef. Every time I see a bubble coral (which is a cool looking thing – soft, gel-like cells of coral, all in a cluster) I have a look for one of these guys. And sometimes, if you are really lucky, you might even find a pair…
The Orangutan crabs in this post were captured (with the camera) at the famous Cannibal Rock, in the area of Komodo, Indonesia. I’ve also seen them in Fiji and Thailand.