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IŽam disturbed

IŽam disturbed
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Copyright: Vivian Droog (viv) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-24
Categories: Crustacia
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Konika Minolta AF 100mm f/2.8 D Macro
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !Decapoda, Underwater Wonder World 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-03 5:53
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After a long drive I went to the swimmingpool, I wanted to take a shower before going into the pool and there he or she looked at me.

The crabs and their eggs do provide a feast for birds, fish, and some hungry mammals. But seafood-loving Cubans won't touch them -- they contain a harmful toxin.

More than four million years ago, the ancestor of these crabs -- known to scientists as Gecarcoidea -- lived in the sea. Slowly, however, they evolved to survive in a foreign place: the shady forest floor. But, like marine crabs, red land crabs still breathe with gills that must remain moist. To stay damp, the crabs dig tunnels. During the spring rains, males and females seek each other out and mate.
A few weeks later, the female crabs, swollen with eggs carried in a pouch, head for the nearby sea. The journey, which may be as long as six miles, can take days. And there are plenty of obstacles, such as roads, curbs, and even coastal resort swimming pools. On sunny days, the crabs must find shade -- or dehydrate and die.
Those that reach the sea face one last challenge -- laying their eggs while avoiding being swept back into the water. These crabs are true land creatures and cannot survive in the sea. Once the ripe eggs are successfully released into the water, they hatch immediately. After a few weeks, the baby crabs climb back onto land and head for the forests, to begin the cycle anew.

Cuba isn't the only island to experience crab invasions. Related land crabs live throughout the Caribbean. And a similar species takes over Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean each fall.
There, an estimated 100 million red crabs move to the shores for a little romance. The males go first, taking up to several weeks to reach the surf, where they tenaciously fight for the best territory. The females follow, to mate with the males, and several weeks later are swollen with eggs. As on Cuba, the eggs hatch on contact with water, and the baby crabs make the return trip to the forests a few weeks later.

Reference: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/cuba/landcrabs.html

goldfinchtr, JanArie, Silke, SelenE, aido, jcoowanitwong, Hil, Nephrotome2, methos has marked this note useful
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Hi Vivian,

A very interesting crab, I have never seen one..The white ground shows the colors well but maybe flash effects on this.

Very good, TFS

Hello Vivian, nice photo and interesting story about these crabs.
Thanks for sharing, greetings Jan-arie

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-08-03 6:22]

Hi viv,

Great capture of this colorfull crab,contrasts well against the light floor,well done and TFS,


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2006-08-03 7:13]

This is a fun capture, not only good in the details, but you've caught and framed it in such a way that it appear to have an attitude!

Bizarre looking crab, I knew about them from Christmas Island, but not Cuba.

Great capture and good info.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2006-08-03 7:20]
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Hi Vivian,
She's beautiful. I liked her colors, and the tiny sparkles you captured in her eyes. She looks really chic :o) very good details. TFS

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-08-03 7:28]

Hi Vivian,
What a strange looking creature, he looks like a cartoon character :-) Good shot too, great detail and colours. Interesting note, well researched.

Hi Viv

...ready to fight... Cool guy well presented :)

Regards from Sweden

Hi Vivian,
Because this red crab is small so it looks cute to me. Well composed and clearly seen. Well done and TFS.

Hi Vivian,
this one looks realy funny, a lovely face and wonderful colours on this crab. Very interesting, I like it, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Vivan, excllent colors POV DOF Perfect details,,e xcllet work, TFS Kyle

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-08-04 2:28]

Hi Vivian,
great contrast of colours, interesting composition and note. Good work. I like it.
Gr., Aleksander

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-08-05 6:33]

Hi Vivian
Good shot. he looks angry. Good colours, light, sharpnes and POV.
Well done vivian


i've never saw those before.
Sharp pic with brilliant colors.
As a general rule, I do not center my subjects, but it is OK in this case.

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  • methos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 51 N: 281] (1189)
  • [2007-03-12 11:32]

Hi Vivian,
This is a nice and colourful picture.
I love the details and the colour on the crab.
The contrast is really great.
Good work!

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