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Old 01-23-2012, 12:12 AM   #1
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Jan 23, 2012: Crab Balls

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



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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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Old 01-23-2012, 12:33 AM   #2
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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.
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Old 01-23-2012, 12:45 AM   #3
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There are heaps of soldier crabs around here. They are very interesting watch.
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Old 01-23-2012, 05:31 AM   #4
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Old 01-23-2012, 05:46 AM   #5
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Old 01-23-2012, 06:11 AM   #6
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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.
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Old 01-23-2012, 08:03 AM   #7
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Old 01-23-2012, 08:19 AM   #8
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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.
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Old 01-23-2012, 10:00 AM   #9
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Do soldier crabs have guns? Or weapons?
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Old 01-23-2012, 11:29 AM   #10
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Old 01-23-2012, 11:39 AM   #11
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Old 01-23-2012, 12:07 PM   #12
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Old 01-23-2012, 05:39 PM   #14
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That looks like eyelashes to me...
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Old 01-23-2012, 06:09 PM   #15
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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.
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