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   xoxoxoBruce  Monday Jan 23 01:12 AM

Jan 23, 2012: Crab Balls

Put away the seafood sauce, you don't want to eat these crab balls.



Quote:
Small hermit and soldier crabs in Malaysia and Australia build their home digging a deep hole in the sand on a beach. They got a good idea of how to move sand up during his construction. Down in the hole this crab is making sand balls and later push them up to the surface, 2-3 balls at a time. Pushing sand ball more far from the hole they form a kind of sand ball flower or sand ball galaxy.


Then the tide comes in and they start all over again.
Makes me wonder if some will evolve enough to dig above the high water mark, but maybe the sand's not wet enough to dig.

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ZenGum  Monday Jan 23 01:33 AM

I've seen little fellers like that in mud flats in far north Queensland.

It isn't clear in this pic, but the ones I saw arranged their balls (ahem) so as to leave unobstucted paths back to their holes, so they could bolt to safety quickly.



Aliantha  Monday Jan 23 01:45 AM

There are heaps of soldier crabs around here. They are very interesting watch.



SPUCK  Monday Jan 23 06:31 AM

Screwy eyes!



Griff  Monday Jan 23 06:46 AM

Cool!



sandypossum  Monday Jan 23 07:11 AM

We have them all over the beaches in Waratah Bay too (near Wilsons Prom in Victoria). They're mostly tiny, but their crab balls make fabulous patterns all over the beach.



footfootfoot  Monday Jan 23 09:03 AM

How do you get their legs apart?



glatt  Monday Jan 23 09:19 AM

These pictures made me think of the similarities with mine tailings, so I did a Google image search to find a picture that would show off those similarities. Don't do Google image searches for mine tailings. It's too depressing.



Trilby  Monday Jan 23 11:00 AM

Do soldier crabs have guns? Or weapons?



Clodfobble  Monday Jan 23 12:29 PM

The claws don't impress you?



Sundae  Monday Jan 23 12:39 PM

I liking this Engrish.



monster  Monday Jan 23 01:07 PM

crabs? balls?



Sundae  Monday Jan 23 01:12 PM

Monster has found pubic lice.
Don't get to say that every day.



Aliantha  Monday Jan 23 06:39 PM

That looks like eyelashes to me...



Gravdigr  Monday Jan 23 07:09 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by glatt View Post
These pictures made me think of the similarities with mine tailings, so I did a Google image search to find a picture that would show off those similarities. Don't do Google image searches for mine tailings. It's too depressing.
Oooh, purty colors.


dave74  Tuesday Jan 24 12:21 AM

Crab Ejecta but Sand Dollars better!

Got to see crab ball ejects in Mexico and Malaysia. Same random thrown pattern, sometimes with access paths. But on Cherating Beach (Malaysia's East coast) there were hairy sand dollars that cruised just below the wet sand, forming abstract patters and looking weird.



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Jan 24 12:26 AM

They cruise under the sand? Cool, I'd like to see pictures of that if you have some, dave74. Oh, and welcome.



HungLikeJesus  Tuesday Jan 24 09:56 AM

I hope you stick around longer than Dave1 through Dave73.



Ibby  Tuesday Jan 24 07:36 PM

I've seen them before. Are they only in Malaysia and Australia? I musta seen 'em in Port Douglas i guess.



xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Jan 25 02:32 AM

He didn't say only, just those are the two places he saw them.



ZenGum  Wednesday Jan 25 05:54 AM

You might well have seen them in Port Douglas.



CaliforniaMama  Thursday Jan 26 11:33 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by SPUCK View Post
Screwy eyes!
Now we know where Tic Tacs come from!


SPUCK  Friday Jan 27 05:29 AM

Eeeeeew.



BigV  Friday Jan 27 02:38 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by SPUCK View Post
Screwy eyes!
Just like Mr Krabs!

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SPUCK  Saturday Jan 28 06:07 AM

Oh yeah!! Totally.


Mmmm burgers...



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