Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Ghost Crab

This picture was taken on 8th November 2006 at Mexico Beach in the Florida Panhandle. The Ghost Crab lives in burrows on the sand during the day and hunts for food at night. He enters the water mainly to wash his food. Adults actually travel a fair distance from the ocean; I'm not sure how far but I saw one about 200 yards from shore. He is very similar to the color of the sand and this coupled with foraging at night led to his name of the "Ghost Crabe". He is also very wary of enemies and his eyes can "periscope" , raising above his body giving him 360 degree vision. He is also very fast on land and can run up to speeds of 10 mph.

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