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Spiny King Crab

Spiny King Crab
Photo Information
Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3090 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-01-27
Categories: Crustacia
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-01-30 3:28
Viewed: 8689
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This picture was taken at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Paralithodes rathbuni

Spiny king crabs prowl the deep seafloor for live food, eating other crabs and sea stars. But when they can’t find fresh food, they’re quick to lunch on leftover scraps or dead animals that fall from above.
This crab has clutching claws and fast-moving mouth parts—they help the crab grab food, tear it apart and shovel the pieces into its mouth.

Species Information:

crabs, sea stars, scavenged food

to 6 inches across (15 cm)

seafloor, 500-2,400 feet (152-732 m)

California king crab, Alaskan king crab; other crustaceans (crabs, shrimp, lobsters)

Conservation Notes:
In Monterey Bay, local fishers catch these king crabs using traps. Trapping is generally a safe way to catch seafood, as unwanted animals can be released unharmed.

Cool Facts:
Sharp spikes protrude from this crab’s body, offering protection from predators.


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Hi Manyee, sharpen and colors/lighting are very beautiful. Great note too, excellent work . Thanks.

Very tricky on e to get right and I think you did a good job here. TFS

  • Great 
  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-01-30 4:31]

Great portrait of this crab Manyee. Like the lighting and the way the crab is moving out of the dark gives it good atmosphere. TFS.

Hello Manyee,
Very nice almost monochromatic shot!
I like very much the composition.
Best greetings,

  • Great 
  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-01-30 7:01]

Lighting is excellent,lovely colour to match the beautiful shot.


Excellent lighting and very well presented. Great colours and detail.

Well done

Nice dramatic composition. Love the color.

What an unusual spacimen. Great use of colours, POV, Composition, DOF and I love the colour contrast with the dark BG. TFS, Sheriff

Hi Manyee,
This looks like it came from "war of the worlds" movie - a tru alien.
Good details and wonderful light.
TFS - Shir

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