God's Pocket, British Columbia, Part III. The Trouble with Crabs.

Outer Bamnks diving on the Great Escape Southern California Live-Aboard Dive Boat

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Posted by Merry on October 04, 2016 at 10:29:25:

I do have a real problem with the crabs in British Columbia. The problem is that they're positively captivating with their unique adaptations and fascinating, always-busy behavior. So, I'd gladly spend the entire dive trying to shoot as many of them as possible, even to the exclusion of other animals. I reined myself in on this trip.

Scientific names available on request.

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Pygmy rock crab
 photo 1. Pygmy rock crab sandwich DSC_5638_zpsiuqdjyer.jpg

Yellow sponge crab
 photo 2. Yellow sponge crab DSC_5634_zps0cbwtqdu.jpg

Greenmark hermit on dead man's finger sponge.
 photo 3. Greenmark hermit crab on glove sponge DSC_6025_zpsrairnh3x.jpg

Greenmark hermit
 photo 5. Greenmark hermit DSC_6084_zps1zfg2dv3.jpg

Pygmy rock crab
 photo 6. Pygmy rock crab DSC_5664_zpsd3oortsc.jpg

Widehand hermit
 photo 7. Widehand hermit Elassochirus tenuimanus2 DSC_5973_zpsophfm3dz.jpg

Heart crab - note the heart-shaped pattern on its carapace.
 photo 8. Heart crab DSC_5841_zpsmiv5nlvp.jpg

Graceful kelp crab
 photo 9. Graceful kelp crab Pugettia gracilis DSC_5518_zpsmr0qfwnl.jpg

Blackeye hermit
 photo 10. Blackeyed hermit crab DSC_5971_zpsrehtaed6.jpg

Graceful decorator crab, and yes, that massive clump of bryozoan is attached to its rostrum.
 photo 11. Graceful decorator crab Oregonia gracilis_zpslxwprg0u.jpg

More decorators with endlessly varied apparel:
 photo 12. Decorator crab DSC_5564_zps2krnkxtq.jpg

 photo 13. Decorator crab DSC_6052_zpsthnggqyl.jpg

 photo 14. Decorator crab pompador DSC_6300c_zpsk8h5pkav.jpg

This one parked right next to its favorite sponge.
 photo 15. Decorator crab spongy DSC_5659_zpsrdfxgguo.jpg

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