I posted a photo of a Painted Ghost Crab, or ocypode gaudichaudii a little over a year ago from Zorritos, Peru; here’s another I found last night from the Pacific coast town that I decided to work on a bit and add to my portfolio on Snapwire. I like the subtle contrast here even as it tries —largely in vain— to blend into the sandy environment.
Common on Pacific beaches from El Salvador to Chile, and on the Galapagos Islands, they’re fascinating to watch as they scurry about in the hour or two before and during sunset. Their rhythmic movement is the yin to the ocean’s waves yang – as they run in large numbers, it almost appears as though the beach is moving.
They’re very fast, thus the name; you won’t get too close before they vanish into their network of burrows. At least I couldn’t. 🙂
For the record, today’s Pic du Jour, the 199th (!) straight, was snapped on 09 May 2013. As always –at least until I can figure out a fix for this glitch– please click on the image to see the full uncropped version.