Monday, 11 July 2011

The underwater world in Sardinia: crustaceans

Diving Sardinia
Sardinia crustacean crabUnderwater one may meet several different species: not only fishes, but also crustaceans (such as individuals from the crabs and lobsters), cephalopods (an example are the octopuses from my previous blog entry) and or the tiny and colourful nudibranches, Today I will show you some impressively beautiful crustaceans. In my selection you may find the hermit crab, the slipper lobster, the crayfish..
The slipper lobster (second picture) is not a real lobster, despite its name. It is however eatable. some species in Australia are called "bug". This kind has tons of different names: shovel-nosed lobster or spanish lobster, mudbug or sandbug, sometimes even flathead or bulldozer lobster:-)) The one we met had edges of its body coloured in purple...
Above is Nico holding the empty houses of two sea urchins... A Specialty in some restaurants here is "spagetthi ai ricci di mare" (pasta with sea urchin). Of course not only the people but also other sea inhabitants love them.
Some funny info about the hermit crab (first and last picture) : As the hermit crab grows in size, it has to find a larger shell and abandon the previous one. This habit of living in a second hand shell gives rise to the popular name "hermit crab", by analogy to a hermit who lives alone.


Filip Demuinck said...

Looks nice again, I will never be able to make such picture bacause I don't dive.

de bossies! said...

Hoi Jana
Wat heb jij mooie foto's gemaakt in Sardinia..Prachtige logs.
En het snorkelen ..ja helemaal top..
Zelf hou ik ook van snorkelen..
Echt mooie foto's Jana.
Groetjes Henk

papillon said...

Fabulous... some time ago i could observe a similar crab that lives in symbiosis with a anemone. Our oceans are full of wonderful underwater creatures.

Andrea said...

Really good pictures.
Overall the last one:very perfect!