Saturday, July 26, 2014

Sally Lightfoot Crabs





Aren't these the neatest looking crabs??  Before the trip, I had seen
pics of these, and I was excited to get to see them in person.
They are called, "Sally Lightfoot Crabs".  I asked our naturalist
guide where the name came from.  He said that the biologist that first
discovered them thought they walked like his wife...up on their tiptoes.
Her name was Sally, and so the name was born.
They were on all of the islands.  When they are small, they are grey or black.
As they grow, they start to get their spots and some of the
bright colors.  We saw them in all sizes and colors, all over the black
lava rocks.  They were comical, and colorful, and so fun to see in
person.

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