Rise of the baby crabs

Fishermens boats by the  Maputo beach.

fishermen boats by the Maputo beach.

When the tide is out on the Maputo beach, hundreds of thousands of tiny crabs come out to play.

Coming out

Coming out

When I take friends to the beach for the first time they fear walking on the beach for fear of either getting pinched by the crabs or crushing them. None of this happens, in fact when you walk it doesn’t feel strange at all, you would have to be looking down to see that there is a carpet of crabs below your feet.

I know nothing about crabs minds 😀 but just before you take a step they quickly crawl into their little underground holes. It’s as if they can sense peoples foot step before they happen. I must have looked crazy lying on the ground for the longest time taking pictures but these little crabs fascinate me. You have to be still for a couple of minutes for them to come out. If they are not fighting with one another each one is continuously making little balls of sand that it rolls out from its barrow till the tide comes in again.

Crabs

Crabs

 

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