Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Ghost Crabs

Genus Ocypode, these are called Ghost crabs of their ability to disappear from sight almost instantly. Their once Claw is generally larger than the other. I had been to Ullal beach, Mangalore where I spotted these small crabs. Finally, it's a break from posting birds in the previous many posts.
They take in oxygen from the water that washes over their gills, hence they need to get frequently washed by the surf.It was a thrilling experience tracking these crabs and getting larger than life images of them.
All images clicked with a 300mm lens; ISO 200; f/5.4 The setting sun provided the warm red tones.


  1. lovely photos...the gravid crab and the male one...the snap at the surf is wonderful

  2. How can they be Ghost Crabs, I see them ;)...truly remarkable images, love how the surf foam catches up to them. Great entry~ Have a fun weekend~

  3. Awesome photos! Ive enjoyed your photos on your blog, and look forward to more and visiting often.

  4. In your honour and in the honour of wall the Photographers, I published an ilustration.

  5. Awesome photographs...amazing ghost crabs...haven't read or heard before about the ghost crabs. Looking forward for more great entries on your blog.

    Keep up your good job'
    Regards & Best wishes.

  6. What an interesting crab to photograph!

  7. Beautiful pictures that express feelings. These crabs show curiosity and knowlege.

    You are an excellent wildlife photographer.
    Keep up the good work!
    Many thanks

  8. Lovely serie!!
    You have a fantastic blog.

  9. Nice Ghost Crabs...I love seeing them at night on the beaches here in the USA. Glad I found your blog through the Nature Blog Network!

  10. Thank you for your photos. They are
    really wonderful'

  11. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


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