Upclose and Personal with Inhabitants of the Seria Shoreline

There’s a time to feast on delicious cooked crabs and there’s a time to just … watch them. The last time I set foot on the beach I had an amazing time watching and photographing crabs local to the Seria shoreline. Hard to believe it’s been 6 years since I took these closeups — a test of patience with a dose of luck and opportunity. The price I paid for being extremely patient was bait for sandfly to feast on. This time, however, I covered myself a lot more than I did before — sunhat, long sleeved top and jeans along with socks and shoes — which somewhat helped except I had left my neck completely uncovered. As a result, I came home with three bite marks (as opposed to more than half a dozen before) that are now swollen and itchy. Still, a small price to pay to be up close and personal with these very interesting creatures, watching them dig holes. Because

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This crab scoops tiny balls of wet sand to create a hole deep enough for it to hide in.

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Walking back to the car with the front of my top and jeans completely wet (I laid on wet sand in order to get a good vantage point) I came across another catch — horseshoe crabs. Before today, I had only seen dead ones that people kept as display items in their house but these were alive and kicking on the very shoreline where the hundreds or thousands of tiny crabs hang out. I was ecstatic that a few hours on the beach had been so productive!

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A fruitful morning for this family of four to have picked up four horseshoe crabs.

4 thoughts on “Upclose and Personal with Inhabitants of the Seria Shoreline

  1. Thank you for sharing these beautiful and professionally done photography ! Keep posting them as I am too far to get there to see my birth town – Seria. Cheers, Mee Len Tan

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