Xeno Crab on Whip Coral

Xeno Crab In The Unlikeliest Of Places

$5.00

Add to cart

Description

Let me preface this post with the following statement, “if you want to see Xeno Crabs, Phuket wouldn’t be your first choice”. These guys are more common in the Philippines or Indonesia, in fact that was the only place I’d seen them, before yesterday when I stumbled on one here in Phuket.

The dive was simple enough, jump in, head north along the sandy bottom, see what we can find, the average visibility was about 4 Meters, the current and the customers where kicking up so much sand that the water around me looked like a blizzard. I just happen to be inspecting some whip corals on the reef edge and what do I find, three, yes three, whip corals shrimps. Whip coral shrimps are different from the guy in the picture, this photo is of a Xeno Crab. But as I was setting up my shot for the Whip Coral Shrimps, I did a complete double take, because I spotted this Xeno Crab.

First time I’ve found one here in Thailand, or anywhere that isn’t Phil or Indo. In fact I’ve never even seen anyone take a photo of one up here or mention finding one. So I was pretty excited, I knew I didn’t have a lot of time, I had four customers who I’d shown the Whip Coral Shrimps, already trying to disperse in a different direction away from me and the group into the murky waters. So I just started furiously snapping photos trying to get him in focus on a moving whip coral, with current and really bad visibility, all the while that little voice in your head is telling you your customers are about to disappear..

Anyway, besides all the fun environment variables, I managed to snap about 10 shots of him, 8 of them were slightly out of focus, two were nice, here is the one I like, as it’s a little closer to the lens without any cropping. While I was editing this photo it makes you truly appreciate just how well camouflaged these crabs are, the coloration matching to the coral is almost perfect, there is no way a predatory snapper or other fish species would see this little crab, nature may be a bitch, but she does make very cool little critters to deal with it :)

Purchase Information

  • All digital images, even when purchased, retain the watermark. This is to prevent theft or unauthorised reproduction of the images without proper credit being displayed for the photographer or image owner.
  • After purchase, you will receive an email from PayPal to confirm payment was made, once your order is processed (Usually Instantly) you will receive a second email with the download link/s.
  • You will get three attempts to download a purchased image once you receive your purchase email.
  • The download link/s do not expire until the image/s have been downloaded.

Reviews

There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “Xeno Crab In The Unlikeliest Of Places”

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More Images From Crustaceans

Posted in Crustaceans on .


Popular Images

Mimic Octopus Kata Beach Phuket Thailand

Mimic Octopus of Kata Beach Phuket

I remember just how excited I was last season to see my first Mimic Octopus, it was a very special moment and had been waiting for about 6 years. They had fascinated me ever since seeing them on YouTube. Currently, this season we get 1 - 4 Mimic's on any dive we do at Kata beach in Phuket, not br [...]

More About This Image
Glass Shrimp

Glass Shrimp – Well That’s What I’m Calling It Anyway

If you can't find a door make one, it's a favourite saying of mine I apply to photography, essentially, if you can't find interesting critters to photograph, try taking interesting photographs of critters that most people will dis-regard. The dive in question was a muck/macro dive with not much goin [...]

More About This Image
Hedgehog Sea Horse Kata Beach

Hedgehog Seahorse – Kata Beach

Hands up if you like Seahorses, hopefully you like them in the way we scuba divers like them and not in the way the Chinese like them, you know, crushed up in your morning tea. Trust me when I say that dried Seahorse drinks won't make your willy any stronger. Back on topic, if you are a fan of th [...]

More About This Image
Orange Painted Frog Fish

Orange Painted Frog Fish

I promised not to post any more Frog Fish photos about 3 months ago, I literally have thousands of them, but I really really liked this one, so I just had to break the promise and post him up. I love the vibrant orange on the grey of the sea bed, the contrast for me in this shot is killer. I wish [...]

More About This Image

Contact Me