I’ve been thinking about Horatio Thelonious Ignacious Crustaceous Sebastian Crab. I think he hit the nail on the head with his philosophy about the joys of being under the sea! He said,“The seaweed is always greener, in somebody else’s lake. You dream about goin’ up there, but that is a big mistake. Just look at the world around you, Right here on the ocean floor. Such wonderful things surround you, What more is you lookin’ for? Under the sea Under the sea Darling it’s better Down where it’s wetter Take it from me!”
Well, He is right. The ocean floor is where all the crustaceans creep about. It is always a thrill to come upon one of these fascinating creatures.
The arrow crab has a long pointed head, and shovels food into it’s mouth with it’s two front appendages.
The diversity of the crabs is one of the most interesting things. Below are a few decorator crabs. These crabs take pieces of sponge and moss and attach them to their bodies for camouflage. See if you can spot their eyes. They are a little easier to put in perspective that way.
This guy (above) is completely covered with bits of plant matter, except for his eyes and two front claws. If he hadn’t moved, I would have never seen him. The crab below also has some great camouflage going.
Hermit crabs are some of my favorite subjects to photograph. I love how their eyes protrude from under the shell and watch the camera.
And finally, the shrimps!
This banded shrimp has a claw on every foot. Although the two front ones are the largest, he uses all of them to put food in his mouth.
The red ones above are often found in the den of an eel as they clean the eel’s body of parasites.
Down here all the fish is happy, as off through the waves they roll. The fish on the land ain’t happy, They sad ’cause they in their bowl. But fish in the bowl is lucky, They in for a worser fate, One day when the boss get hungry, Guess who’s gon’ be on the plate!
Under the sea
Under the sea
We got no troubles
Live is the bubbles
Under the Sea!