Another beach day. This time I ran into a crab. Last week I mentioned that the puffer fish, showing up on the coast of Lebanon, is not a native of the Mediterranean Sea. This particular crab is originally not from around here either. The puffer fish came through the Suez Canal. This speckled swimmer crab (looks at his little hind legs, made for swimming) is not a native of the Mediterranean either. It probably arrived here in ballast tanks from ships, and has done quite well for himself. Not sure if we eat them here.
They are unlike the crabs you will find on Lebanese beaches, the ones that dig holes and run like mad sideways over the beach as you walk by. I have a dog who has a wild time trying to catch them, but they’re faster than him.
“Females choose their mate based on claw size and also quality of the waving display” (source)
I made some art (which I stole off another web site). And did nothing else.