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Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles. I

Immense hermit crabs roam Aldabra Atoll’s sandy dunes, skittering about while scavenging the beach and scrubby underbrush for tasty morsels. Too sizable to fit into a shell as a typical hermit crab does, these crabs merit being called the largest hermit crab in the world. The crabs I encountered measured 10-12" (25.4-30.5 cm) in width although they have been documented to reach a staggering 3-feet (91.5 cm) in size, making them a force with which to reckon.

Canon 40D, Tamron 28-75mm lens, shutter 1/60, f/3.5, exposure bias 0.33, focal length 75mm, ISO 200.

March 13, 2008.

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It is my sincere wish that visitors to my portfolio experience the beauty and wonder of nature. Moreover my hope is that my photographs will inspire viewers to be proactive toward the protection of wildlife and its habitat, those efforts ultimately making a far better world for all beings.

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  • Lyle Hatch
    Lyle Hatchover 5 years ago

    Cool shot!

  • Thanks much, Lyle. I hear they are good to eat, too but fortunately for the crab population there was none of that going on at Aldabra.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Adam Gormley
    Adam Gormleyover 5 years ago

    Brilliant shot mate, great clarity!! :)

  • Thank you, Adam. Very kind of you stop by.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • ourjrny
    ourjrnyover 5 years ago

    It is a beautiful shot!

  • Sharon, thank you so very much!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Darcygirl
    Darcygirlover 5 years ago

    Wow, very interesting. Great photo.

  • Thank you very much, Tania!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • E.R. Bazor
    E.R. Bazorover 5 years ago

    What a cool shot!

  • Thank you, E.R. Bazor! Much appreciated.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Michael Cummings
    Michael Cummingsalmost 5 years ago

    Do you know if they are edible? Great shot

  • Yes, they are supposedly very good to eat but are protected nowadays. These guys get BIG, up to three feet across!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • steppeland
    steppeland10 months ago

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