Soldier Crabs by onewing

Soldier Crabs

Soldier crabs are fascinating to watch. These particular ones are in among the mangroves along the waterfront. They only surface for a short time at low tide and then quickly return to their underground homes.

They move so quickly and travel around in large groups, so aren't easy to get a photo of. I saw a couple of soldier crabs being taken by fish as they approached the water's edge, but most managed to escape the jaws of fish.

Unlike most crabs, soldier crabs walk forwards not sideways. Here is a video of them in action if you are interested.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njsAEaiWVxk

They look better on black.
These ones have such beautiful colourings!
December 2nd, 2015  
Love them :) Fav
December 2nd, 2015  
Thanks for sharing.
December 2nd, 2015  
love soldier crabs, used to play (torment) them for hours as a kid.
December 2nd, 2015  
Wow... So unique!
December 2nd, 2015  
What neat coloured crabs..
December 2nd, 2015  
Great fav
December 2nd, 2015  
These are really neat - you did well to get such a great image of them.
December 2nd, 2015  
Such a pretty colourful little crab. Well done to capture them so well
December 2nd, 2015  
Wow ! such striking colours - and unusual -
December 2nd, 2015  
well captured and interesting facts too
December 2nd, 2015  
wonderful close ups, I find them fascinating too, Babs...
December 2nd, 2015  
They are like jewells
December 2nd, 2015  
Oh yes I remember seeing these as a child in Sydney and the little piles of sand they leave behind. thanks for the link
December 2nd, 2015  
They are a really pretty blue and blue is my favourite colour Babs :)
December 2nd, 2015  
How awesome to find them on your photo journey. :)
December 2nd, 2015  
They are very colourful for crabs. And apparently very tasty as well :)
December 2nd, 2015  
Great shot, they are such pretty little crabs.
December 2nd, 2015  
One minute you have worms and the next you have crabs, have you thought of a doctors visit (Wink). Lovely colourful capture, do they make good pets.
December 2nd, 2015  
Yikes. Run! LOL Great capture and they are so cool looking.
December 2nd, 2015  
What an amazing colour they are. Great shot Babs
December 2nd, 2015  
I love the colours and comp of this shot, fav for me!
December 2nd, 2015  
So interesting!
December 2nd, 2015  
Great bait
December 2nd, 2015  
Wow, these are so amazing. Great shot, I can only imagine how quick they are.
December 2nd, 2015  
These littke crabs are rather cute Babs, I like their blue bodies!
December 2nd, 2015  
Great capture
December 2nd, 2015  
Beautiful and colorful fast, little crabs. Nice find. FAV
December 2nd, 2015  
I've never seen these. They're super! Lovely shot.
December 2nd, 2015  
I have also never seen these before, what lovely colours they have
December 2nd, 2015  
Wonderful capture!
December 2nd, 2015  
OH MY!!! They look quite vicious! Thank goodness they are small!!! Great shot Babs..
December 3rd, 2015  
amazing colour
December 3rd, 2015  
They are very colourful, super capture
December 3rd, 2015  
They like spiders.
December 3rd, 2015  
@ladymagpie Thanks Heather. Had a doctors visit today, but not for worms or crabs.
December 3rd, 2015  
I love these little fellows. So interesting to watch. Nice shot Babs.
December 3rd, 2015  
They look like little old fashioned bobble buttons.
December 5th, 2015  
I love watching these little guys in action. They hurry away whenever they see you, and disappear all too quickly.
December 7th, 2015  
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