Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Too many hermit crabs

This beautiful video* of a rather creepy subject - hermit crabs in the millions - has been attracting attention since it was posted on Vimeo a week ago. Award-winning American photographer/videographer Steve Simonsen was alerted about the annual August migration in progress by a friend and was out the door in minutes. He lives on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands and it was taking place there on Nanny Point. The reproduction cycle of the crabs involves flinging the matured eggs off their claws into the ocean, where they burst and the larval hatchlings float for the next 40-60 days. Are we then to understand that this massive blanket of clattering crabs consists only of fertile females?!?

*Have patience if it is slow to load. Believe me, it is worth the wait!
Only one hermit crab lurking in the Cabinet:
But a few related posts:

No comments:

Post a Comment

You may add your comments here.