Thursday, December 18, 2008

Mole Crabs (aka Sand Fleas)

As part of our recent beach walk at Sebastian Inlet after the Sea-Bean Symposium, Ed Perry was kind enough (and quick enough) to catch some mole crabs to show Izumi. Here's the video Matt shot. Be sure your sound is turned up, and watch at the end as the little critters find some damp sand, then burrow in rear-end first, disappearing as if by magic.

video

2 comments:

Cactus Jack Splash said...

When I saw the words sand fleas I was thinking of something else completely.
Those little guys were interesting and a bit creepy, looking like giant fleas. Fun to watch them borrow back into the sand...thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

Mole crabs or sand fleas as you call them, dig with flippers near the back end of the animal. The digger as you call it, appears to be a protection for eggs. I haven't seen it in action yet.