Sharing moments in time…

Colorful Crab!

One of the most incredible things about scuba diving is finding something you haven’t seen before (and it happens a lot).  The creature may be very large or very small and they may or may not have some really notable feature.  This little fella is very small (probably 2-3 inches across its “wingspan”), hard to find (they hide and protect themselves in the “branches” of some types of hard coral), and I think you will agree that it is notable in the red polka dots and bright yellow and green eyes.  Meet the red-spotted coral crab.  I might also say that they are very hard to photograph – between getting a good look at them with the camera, you also have to find an avenue so that the flash will reach them – normally while you are somewhat upside down and hanging onto a rock to keep you from being swept away by the current.  I probably took 30 different photos of these guys trying to get a good shot.  I was really pleased to see that this one is pretty good – Hope you enjoy it!

Hidden Treasure

12 responses

  1. Nice picture..

    April 15, 2012 at 10:37 am

    • Thanks! I really enjoyed diving near Manado and in the Lembeh Straits a year or two back….

      April 15, 2012 at 12:25 pm

      • Nice. Lembeh Straits has a lot of dive spots. However, I find Bunaken better. 🙂

        April 15, 2012 at 12:33 pm

  2. Beautiful 🙂

    April 15, 2012 at 10:41 am

  3. Rooster


    April 15, 2012 at 11:40 am

  4. Eevrything is great about this picture… focus, subject, composition, colour and pattern! Well done!

    April 16, 2012 at 10:45 am

    • Thank you! Just visited your site and saw some great shots there – Also appreciate the article about Komodo – we are thinking of going there next year.

      April 16, 2012 at 11:25 am

      • Thanks too! Oh you should definitly go there… It’s in top 3 of my best dives ever! don’t hesitate to ask for tips and recommendations.

        April 16, 2012 at 11:32 am

  5. A whole other world down there.

    April 16, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    • That’s what I love about it, Lynne – talk about a getaway!

      April 16, 2012 at 7:11 pm

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