Weekly Photo Challenge – Transition

Transition back to normal. On our recent trip to the Cayman Islands, I found this hermit crab crawling along the sandy bottom. In order to photograph it, I picked it up and placed it on a coral head upside down so I could get a good shot of the critter as it came out of its shell to see what was going on.

Upside Down

Upside Down

It climbed out of its shell and proceeded to grab a piece of seaweed on the coral head…

Leave Me Alone

Leave Me Alone

Very quickly it righted itself. I picked it up and put back where I had found it.ย Itย was a very fun encounter!

Back to Normal

Back to Normal

The shell home for my new friend appears to have been used by many hermit crabs. It’s almost completely smooth with very little definition or detail except for some new sea life growing on its top. Even in the wilds of the underwater world, some sea creatures’ very existence depends on reuse!

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21 comments on “Weekly Photo Challenge – Transition

  1. Cathy, I love this, especially the eyes in that first shot. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    janet

    janet

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  2. Carrie Rubin says:

    Such cool eyes! And they probably see better than my own. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  3. An amazing encounter. Cathy. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. seabluelee says:

    Hermit crabs are such interesting little creatures! I used to love discovering them in tide pools along the California coast. I don’t recall ever seeing one here in Maine. Perhaps the water/climate is too cold for them, or maybe I’ve just never been in the right place at the right time.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      I love hermit crabs, Leon! We see them all over the Caribbean, but I had never photographed one until this trip. I did an afternoon of mentoring at an underwater photography school in Grand Cayman and when I went diving with my teacher, she picked up a different crab from the bottom so we could practice macros. It was so fun, that I decided to keep a lookout for others during the week. What I didn’t realize is how many different species there are. This fuzzy guy was quite different than the first one which was bright red and had green eyes.

      And yes, I suspect it may be too cold for hermit crabs in Maine.

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  5. Magical! I love how you tempted this little guy to behave for you, Cathy… The eyes, the claws, it’s just incredible! I love a classic, old home too… clearly he’s got good taste! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  6. Amy Reese says:

    What a cute little guy he is. Nice shots, Cathy!

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  7. Amy says:

    Cool captures of the hermit crab, Cathy! They are just fascinating. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. susielindau says:

    Who knew hermit crabs recycled??? Ha! Love your photos.

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