“CRABACO?”: CRABBING ON ABACO, BAHAMAS
It’s been a while since I was in a crabby mood, but autumn is here and there’s a sharp nip in the early morning air… What better time to visit a selection of the many crab species found on Abaco.
I thought I had some good photos of these cute little guys with their ‘Carson the Downton Abbey Butler’ white gloves. However, Tom Sheley (header and below) has perfectly caught the tide-hanging that they enjoy, sometimes disappearing completely or perhaps leaving just their twin periscopes showing.
Many people’s favourite small crab, with their endearing house-moving habits as they grow. Excellent for racing, too (see HERE). Here’s one taking its mobile home up a tree; and another tucked safely into a
nerite [Capt Rick Guest amends] Magpie Shell, Cittarium pica, (used to be Livona pica), the living animal of which is the 3rd most consumed animal behind Lobster & Conch in the Caribbean. They are Littoral around Shorelines and are also used as bait.
Faithful guardians of my rod (there are 2 there)!
Credits: Tom Sheley (1, 2, 3); Keith Salvesen (4,7,8,9,15); Charlie Skinner (5,6); Melinda Riger (10,11,12,13); Leodec (14)
Hi RH! Helpful creatures all. Some quite tasty too. Minor correction on the second Hermit Crab’s home… this is a “Magpie Shell”, Cittarium pica, (used to be Livona pica), the living animal of which is the 3rd most consumed animal behind Lobster & Conch in the Caribbean. They are Littoral around Shorelines and are also used as bait
Hi Rick, good to hear from you again! I carefully stepped around the culinary possibilities – that might be for a different post another time… And thanks for the shell advice, I’ll change that. Some nerites have very similar patterns but maybe they would be too small for such a large hermit. I can included the pica in the cooking article! RH
Thanks for that beautiful portfolio.
Glad you enjoyed it! RH