Photographer's Note

One more photo of the tufted ghost crab (Ocypode cursor) photographed on the Praia Lacacao.
After watching my photos of the crab, I realized that its stalks with eyes can bend horizontally to hide in horizontal body openings. I suppose the idea behind it is the same as of a periscope in the submarine. The crab can stay under shallow water with just eyes sticking above the water surface if required. I read that having eye on stalks allows the crabs to see all 360 degrees around them. Crabs supposedly also have a good night vision, having 10 "eyes" around their body.

My previous photo touched the subject of the seafood and many of you have expressed your preferences. I suppose seafood has usually a strong texture, so many people, including myself, don't seem to like it, but maybe it is just the matter of getting used to? If you are about to have a lobster or a crab for dinner, keep in mind that aquatic arthropods, like lobsters or crabs are part of the same family as terrestrial arthropods, which include millipedes, centipedes, mites, ticks, scorpions, etc. Lobsters or crabs do look like a microscope photo of the small bugs I sometimes see. The main difference between the groups is their adaptation to a terrestrial vs aquatic life. Aquatic arthropods can get larger than terrestrial arthropods just as aquatic mammals (e.g. whales) can get larger than terrestrial mammals. The other major difference between giant sea bugs and terrestrial bugs, is that some of the giant sea bugs are delicious while eating the terrestrial bugs is disgusting, at least in the western culture.

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