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Copyright: Sumon Sinha (Mana) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-16
Categories: Crustacia
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H2
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-24 6:37
Viewed: 4105
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Ghost crabs, also called sand crabs, are crabs of the genus Ocypode, common shore crabs in many countries. These are frequently seen scurrying along beaches between sunset and dawn.

These crabs are called ghosts because of their ability to disappear from sight almost instantly, scuttling at speeds up to 10 miles per hour, while making sharp directional changes. These creatures have two black eyes, with sharp 360° vision which they use to see flying insects and catch them in mid air. The ghost crab, however, cannot see directly up, so it must burrow into the ground to prevent birds from catching it.

The ghost crab tunnels down four feet into the ground at a 45° angle, creating 1-2 inch wide holes, which speckle the beach. At dusk, these crabs will sprint to the ocean in order to obtain oxygen from the water which washes over their gills, and in June, females will release their eggs into the ocean. Ghost crabs hibernate during the winter, holding their breath for six weeks, by storing oxygen in sacs near the gills.

Characteristics of the genus include one claw being larger than the other, but not as profoundly as for the male fiddler crab.

This was an enormous effort to shoot this ghost crab. They are so fast and are so eloquently camouflaged that it is difficult to spot them leave aside focus on them in the sand. It was pure luck that 5/6 shots were OK out of about 100. I wished my POV was a little lower but as the sand was wet and I was not prepared for this adventure I had to crouch and remain still and alert at the same time. Oh......it was painful. I hope this is a satisfactory shot. Still I have got to try some other POVs someother time. Shot taken hand held, early windy morning. Puri Sea Beach.

Scientific Classification -
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Infraorder: Brachyura
Superfamily: Ocypodoidea
Family: Ocypodidae
Genus: Ocypode (Weber, 1795)

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Hello Sumon,
Perfect body color to blend in the sand. No wonder this is a difficult shot. You did well with this picture. The image is sharp and well exposed. Also beautiful morning sun that casted on this Ghost crab.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-06-24 7:08]

Hello Sumon,
Very good capture. Details are sharp.TFS

Even in your photo thgis crab has almost disappeared...what a great camouflage. Nice shot TFS

Great photo...Excellent color and detail...Clear focus and outstanding exposure...They are common here along the Texas coast but are mainly all white...Outstanding job in capturing this illusive little critter...TFS

Hi Sumon,
Nice close up, great colors good notes
nice POV, no wonder it disappear, well done,
TFS. Best regards/Lawhill

Hi Sumon,
Nice image. Subject is sharp. Good light. POV okay.
Well done

Very good example of nature's way of hiding. Wonderful shot! :)

Hello Sumon,
Beautiful picture. Good composition, lighting, and details.good notes too. Congratulations Ghostbuster for a successful capture of this elusive crab.:)
TFS, Smitha.

Hi Sumon,
A very nice shot on this Ghoast Crab. His colors blend with the sand perfectly. Nice sharp detail. Sounds like you had to work hard to get this shot. Well done, nd well worth the effort.

Hello Sumon.
Great colour and exposure here.
This is amazing looking sand.
The huge brown crystalline grains look like raw sugar, or even demarara sugar!
Fantastic shot.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-24 10:51]

Hi Sumon,

An amazing capture of this ghost crab. He is so well camouflaged yet you show him and his hole clearly and sharply. The colors are wonderful. You show us the textures of the wet sand so well. A wonderful photo.


Your note gives a very good idea about the habits, activities and life-style of this Ghost Crab, Sumon. I have a very limited experience of wild life by the sea, so it has been a great help in understanding this creature and admiring its picture you have taken on the beaches of Puri which I have seen only once in the past many years ago.
I notice that the colour of the crab and the sand is almost similar.
You have captured the fellow in the middle of digging action. Was is going in coming out?
Thanks for sharing this interesting image and best regards.

Hello Sumon,
thank you so much for sharing this perfect captured with us all!
super sharpness with the eyes stearing and vivid colour,very well composed photo

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-06-24 15:21]

Hi Sumon

I probably would not have spotted this in the first place! Very interesting subject. Nice to see the natural behaviour. Nice sharp image and amazing details



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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-06-24 20:02]

selam : well captured and presented pose with splendid colours. nice BG and POV TFS
best wishes

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-24 20:36]

Hello Sumon

I love the eyes ,wonderful detail and sharp focus.The composition is very good.The crab is so similar to the sand ,but the detail is still sharp and the crab colours are still quite evident.Well done.TFS


I have seen these...they are wonderful are they not...and you cannot go wrong taking a pic of them unless they get in soft sand like a clam...but clams are faster..and your click is tied...so keep it up..Very sharp..nice earth tones...yeah I guess I am an old philosopher hippie....did you know that science GREW OUT of philosophy? My mother taught me that...


Hi Sumon,
Fabulous shot! What camouflage! The details are very crisp and the colours are awesome. TFS.
Cheers, Uma

Hi Sumon,
I really like that the sand and the detail which the sand creates in the photo is in focus. The crab is almost hidden. Good sharp and interesting shot.

Wow - that is a great macro. No wonder that it is called Ghost Crab - it blends perfectly with the sand. So your pain paid off. Great detail and interesting info! Cheers, Klaus

Intéressante curiosité bien colorée !
Bonne journée.

Hi Sumon,
This is a very excellent capture. They are so fast how did you managed to. No matter the POV is excellent in my taste. Well exposed. Thanks a lot for sharing. :D OOO shall be back.

Hello Sumon
What a great shot of this Sand Crab,
Perfect focusing and lighting,
Great BG and DOF,Superb shot,friend.

Good Luck

What a camouflage! An incredible looking crab. A superb image, excellent detail, incrediblly sharp, especially under the circumstances. Next time just go for it and get wet! *lol*
Thanks for posting.

Hello Sumon !
Wow, the camouflage of this crab is excellent ! It mustbe almost impossible to see him ! Seems that you had to put lots of efforts to get this picture, but I think it was worth it ecause it is a great picture ! Sharpness, details, colors, exposure, composition, everything is excellent. Vry well done !

Hi Sumon

What a beautiful picture!! The lighting, the subject, the colours and the texture all make it an amazing picture!

Thanks for sharing

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