Hermit Crabs – Underwater and above
I’ve always thought that Hermit Crabs are fascinating creatures – living in a shell vacated by another creature and playing “hide and seek” with anything that approaches them. I remember adopting one as a pet when I was a kid but unfortunately, it didn’t last long – I think it just wandered away one day. While in Fiji, we saw many Hermit Crabs but most of them were on land. I was lucky enough to spot this rather large and ornate crab walking across the ocean floor (at about 40 feet) during our night dive. It didn’t seem to be bothered by my focus light and it just keep marching along as I was taking its picture. I was impressed by the bright red colors of both its body and its shell as well as the kind of fuzzy, mossy kind of stuff sticking to its home.
During one of walks (in between the deluges) while we were on Koro Island I took this shot of one of the terrestrial crabs. As you can see, it is much less ornate and pretty much fits it with the surrounding environment.