“ Sand Artwork by Sand Crabs ”
Day 28 of 366 Day Project
“Magic is everywhere, explore & be amazed everyday!”
While these arrays of small balled-up sand may look like the work of a nimble-handed artist, they’re actually just the remnants left behind where a sand crab has been snacking. After resting underground for several hours the crabs surface the beach and begin to feast on the particles washed up after tides go out. Their method of eating is quite odd. They grab small clusters of sand very fast and filter the particles, all the while creating a small sand bubble within seconds, rinse, wash, repeat until tide comes back in and they burrow underground and wait for the tide to go out again.
Sand crabs are common on the sandy shores. They are almost the same colour as sand, and as round as the sand balls they create. They bolt into their burrows at the slightest sign of danger. To observe them, stay still and avoid casting a shadow over them. Then look out for a moving ball of sand!
Check out the video below, nature…fascinating at it’s best.