Fiddler crabs of the mangroves and why they are waving their white claw at you.
Updated: Apr 24
It's pretty cool the things you see when you take the time to slow down and let your eyes take in the world around you. The tiny world beneath our feet is easily passed by as we rush from place to place on a mission to get things done.
Nature is like an iceberg right? You're only catching a small glimpse of what's actually going on. With a bit more time to slow down right now, we get to appreciate the finer things in life like these little guys and gals.
Fiddler Crabs. Have you noticed them before? Until some guests pointed them out to me, I missed them. A million times. "Hello! Hello! Hello!" Just whoarethey waving at?
These little dudes are looking for a gal. Only the males get to lug that huge claw around and all it's good for is hailing a girl and fighting.
As you can see from the video, these guys are pretty serious - they are waving around like a newly crowned prom king and once they attract a girl (you'd think the girls would catch on to their tactic by now), they lure her into their lair and trap her there with mud until she lays her eggs.
He's no Jack Dawson.
As the tide goes out they emerge from their burrow below the mangroves to feast on the nutrient rich slimy floor, hit up some single crabs, and elude all the birds looking for a quick snack. That's why they have such HUGE eyes. Their eyes can see in all directions so they can dodge the dive-bombing birds and the others sneaking up on them.
I hope you had the BEST cup of coffee this morning, or maybe two. I sure would love to hear from you and how you are "emerging" these days. Take good care and "Goodbye! Goodbye! Goodbye!"
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Cari and Ryan Mackey
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Morrillo Beach Eco Resort