Today’s photo is of a crab that goes by many names: moon, Halloween, hermit, red land and Gecarcinus quadratus. To me, a traveler in Nicaragua, it was just a crab, one whose colors shocked and awed me.
I’d never seen anything quite like it.
I was with a friend, visiting some virgin beaches called Madera and Remanso, not far from San Juan del Sur. We had taken a truck there with some other travelers. I think it was about $5. It was a bumpy ride, but definitely worth it. The beaches were lovely, uncrowded and full of cool surprises like this crab.
Why It Got My Attention
I’m sure it’s obvious–the colors. Especially the eyes. I was fascinated by it and enjoyed watching it climb the rocky cliff. Sometimes it just sat and chilled out. I got as close as I could to photograph it, but not too close.
These crabs are common in coastal rainforests of Central America, and on the coasts of Costa Rica, Panama, and Nicaragua. They’re primarily herbivorous and eat leaf litter and seedlings.
Camera: FinePix E900
F stop: 6.4
Shutter: 1/160 second
Have you ever seen one of these crabs? If so, where? What did you think?
I really liked this crab–probably because it seemed so unique to me. I did not feel the same way about some of the crabs I encountered in San Blas, Panama. There were many of them out at night–thousands–when I camped there. Red and white. And they sort of freaked me out. Why? Because of a certain ‘skittling’ sound they made. Here’s a two-part story about my camping experience in San Blas. For me, a non-camper, it was a bit intense. At times, I felt like I was on an episode of ‘Survivor.’