|Three feet for perching, five for holding onto the food.|
But he's not as efficient as the hermits and the crabs; even using several feet to hold on to the food, it slips out of his grasp and falls to the sand below.
|And down he goes after it, breaking out all those extra swim fins to get there before the hermits do.|
And the food pellet is snagged by a speedy crab. The shrimp drifts away; no big deal, not interested, really, not at all, he's not hungry, anyhow.
Rinse and repeat. It usually takes him three or four tries to collect a meal and get it into a safe place.