I made it to the Willow Point reef today on time to catch the low June tide. I have a bunch of photos to process, but I had to do this one first.
Where the sea lettuce grows over the rocks, walking is hazardous; it's as slippery as polished ice. I was walking slowly, carefully, keeping my eyes on the ground, trying to find bits of mud or stone to step on. Otherwise, I never would have seen this crab.
Well, really, I didn't see it; I saw the movement on the sea lettuce. I couldn't see what was moving, but I took photos anyhow. And look!
|A tiny spotted crab!|
Two things made it hard to see; first, the size. Those little round balls are the floats of sargassum seaweed. I fished one out of my tank and measured it; lengthwise, it measures 2.5 millimetres. That makes the crab's carapace about 8 mm. across the widest spot.