|Have a ball, a mantis shrimp ball.|
Posted by Merry on October 07, 2013 at 10:15:39:|
Elusive, aggressive, and solitary, the stomatopod Hemisquilla ensigera californiensis is usually spotted while peaking its head out of a sandy burrow. Yesterday, I found this one in what appears to be in a defensive position. My guess is that either we clipped it with our anchor chain or it had been in a tussle with another mantis shrimp. You can easily find them in the sandy plains off the old Marineland site (now Terranea Resort), and the openings of their burrows are usually lined with shells.
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