Spot the shore crab!

by Matthew Cobb

From the tw*tter feed of Martin Stevens, who started the whole ‘spot the’ business with his work on nightjars, here’s a cracker. I have no idea where the pesky crustacean is…

14 Comments

  1. AC
    Posted January 13, 2017 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Looks to be about halfway down, close to the right edge, just above that big overturned clam shell on the bottom right. He’s black with white splotches on his carapace.

  2. paablo
    Posted January 13, 2017 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    I’m absolutely terrible at these, but somehow I spotted this one (I think!) within 30 seconds.

    • HaggisForBrains
      Posted January 14, 2017 at 5:11 am | Permalink

      Me too, but I spotted this one before I had even scrolled down to see the full picture, in ~1 second! Maybe the fact that I have deuteranopia (red-green colour blindness) makes spotting something black and white easier for me compared to spotting coloured birds or insects.

  3. Carl S
    Posted January 13, 2017 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful markings.

  4. robskelton
    Posted January 13, 2017 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Great one! (Spoiler alert…Is it the black and white crab-shaped thing on the right?)

  5. Posted January 13, 2017 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Pretty easy (look for the legs).

  6. Sagan Worshipper
    Posted January 13, 2017 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    Too easy! Hint….bumble bee

  7. ploubere
    Posted January 13, 2017 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    There it is.

  8. Posted January 13, 2017 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    Wow, found in less than 15 seconds. I guess it’s because here in the PNW I’m often looking for Hemigrapsus in similar colored rock. Those are tough, and usually found by gently digging into the substrate to get them to move.

  9. Posted January 13, 2017 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Oh, now I see it. I have not seen that pattern on the carapace of C. maenas before. Is that common in Britain?

  10. Posted January 13, 2017 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    Think of first generation TV’s or films.

    • Diane G.
      Posted January 13, 2017 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

      Ha, got the crab right away, but took me a while to get your hint. 😀

  11. Mike
    Posted January 14, 2017 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    The Markings gave it away.

    • Diane G.
      Posted January 14, 2017 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

      For me it was the legs.


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