Pacific Northwest Underwater Photos – Crabs – Upright Butterfly Crab
A small butterfly crab (Cryptolithodes typicus) was noticed perched up high on the tip of a rock. This is an unusual posture as other times I’ve encountered a butterfly crab all if its legs and claws are tucked up under the carapace out of sight. I didn’t see eggs on her underside with hatching larvae swimming away so I don’t think that was the issue. Maybe this butterfly crab was just letting me know that I was too close to its hangout! The butterfly crab has many colour variations, with a carapace width of about three inches (7.6 cm). Its range is from southern Alaska to southern California.
Jim Auzins Photography is a website where I share photos, many of which are of the diverse marine life that thrives just off shore from my home in Victoria, BC, Canada.
Living on Vancouver Island provides a great opportunity to explore the ocean and witness the vast biodiversity,
including many interesting invertebrates that inhabit the rocky reefs of the area.
Jacques-Yves Cousteau said Vancouver Island has “the best temperate-water diving in the world and second only to the Red Sea.”
“The Earth is Art, The Photographer is only a Witness ” – Yann Arthus-Bertrand
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