It’s a Crab’s Life!

Saturday evening finds us on Miramar beach, where I spent a lot of time bunking classes during my college years 😉

As Mom & Dad take off on their evening stroll, and Hubby and Ishaan play Cricket (what else!), I meander along the water’s edge, camera on the ready, to see what I can see. It is low tide and I am sorry to say there’s plenty of exposed rubbish along the shore 😦 All manner of plastic – bags, wrappers, bottles, broken glass bottles, & lots of litter :(. Thankfully, the low tide has also exposed millions of crab holes and their iridescent silver-blue inhabitants 🙂 They go scurrying across in their hundreds, leaving a patchwork of feathery footprints across the moist sand. For all their running around, they seem full of purpose, which has me wondering, ‘What is the purpose of a crab’s life?’ Other than the obvious one of providing tasty meals for us greedy humans, I mean? But I ditch all attempts at philosophy, when I stumble upon a very neat crab-style tableau right under my feet!

A little crab scurries purposefully towards what appears to be an empty hole to my unobservant human eye. I shall refer to him (If it’s a her, I’m truly sorry, but determining crab-gender is not one of my skills. Also the behavior, kind of made me veer towards the masculine!), as Crab 1 or C1. I watch intrigued, for no particular reason other than I’m close enough to get a good shot.

Aah! Here's a nice looking hole!

Turns out the ‘empty’ hole actually belongs to Crab 2 (C2), who, I can only presume has been curled up inside, minding his own business! C1 is having none of that! He wants that comfy, dank hole (crabs like the dank don’t you know!) and he wants it now!

My, my! There's a chap in the nice looking hole!

He launches a brazen attack on the slightly larger C2, who has no clue what just hit him! However, he’s very sharp (Crabs are! Who knew?), and recovers instantly to launch an equally impressive counter-attack (could he be a she then? :P).

Attack!!
Get thee away from me, Villain!

C1 has the advantage (perhaps coz he’s smaller & nimbler), and after a few minutes of wrestling, scurries into his newly claimed home! I watch fascinated as these two tiny beings battle it out on the sand below my feet and use their luminescent pincers and their spindly legs to duel each other for Nature’s necessity…a place to call home.

Hah! Mine!

I’m pretty impressed and manage to remember somewhere between thrust and parry, that the D 90 can also film video! I’m recording this epic battle and feel like a NatGeo reporter on assignment (Oh be quiet! A girl can dream can’t she!). I’ve included it here, but parts are out of focus…I’m still very much a beginner so forgive the poor quality.

C2 retreats for a minute and returns to launch a second offensive. Suddenly in the midst of the tangle of legs, there emerges a third crab, (C3 in a guest appearance that lasts for a few seconds!), who has obviously been disturbed by the brawl overhead. He pops out agitated and retreats in a flash, caught in a tangle of snapping pincers. That’s the last I see of him, wise soul! Finally, C1 seems to give up and scurries to the left where he dives immediately into an empty hole and seems content. C2 takes possession of his home and calm is restored.

Everyone's happy! C2 reclaims his own and C1 takes the one to the left!

I hang around for a few minutes to see if anything interesting might start again, but cries of ‘Mama’ distract me. Time to leave my brief foray into the exotic Natural World and return to my rather mundane, routine existence. And yet, not so different are they…food & shelter…in both worlds – necessities to be fought for and guarded with passion. I know we humans think of ourselves as evolved creatures, but sometimes I wonder. We are the only species that wants more than we need, breed more than we should and ruin our own home, the only Planet we have, with a nonchalance that is criminal & disturbing. We have a lot to learn.

p.s. I would love to hear any close encounters of the ‘wild’ kind that you might have had!

Have a happy week People 🙂

29 thoughts on “It’s a Crab’s Life!

    1. LOL Wendy!! Food for thought that 😛 Oh! Will see if I can fix it. I’m new to this Youtube upload and then link business…and I thought I was pretty Net savvy!

      Will check out post now 🙂 Thanks for the link!

      Hugs, H.

  1. Hi Harshatai – I couldn’t see your video! I clicked on “Play” and a message came up – “This is a private video. If you have been sent this video, please make sure you accept the sender’s friend request.” I am very glad you have rediscovered writing. I’m much more of a reader than a writer, so I enjoy the glimpses into your life!

    Pooja

    1. I’m enjoying writing too Pooja and support from readers like you is always welcome 😀 How are you guys doing? Am fixing the link now, so if you check it out later (an hour or so), it should work.

      Cheers, H.

  2. Hi Harsha, I had a similar thought to Wendy’s – we crabs are all the same!
    Survival of the fittest, or the fastest, or the creepiest; it’s all about being the -est, isn’t it? Love the photos.
    Sunshine xx

  3. Hilarious post H! 😀 those crabs are too funny, and guess what? Hubby is a crab too! lol!
    This reminds me of when we were in the Maldives for a month, and Amu and I were sitting quietly on the porch of our beach bungalow, when a slight movement on the tree bark in front of us caught my eye. A small gecko-type lizard was being carefully stalked by a much larger chameleon-type lizard. I watched with bated breath and a sinking feeling feeling in my gut (same as when I watch a gazelle being hunted by a cheetah on Nat-Geo)….and, well, the story ends with the bigger reptile going home with a full tummy.
    Not a very happy ending, I know! 😀

  4. Hilarious post H! 😀 those crabs are too funny, and guess what? Hubby is a crab too! lol!
    This reminds me of when we were in the Maldives for a month, and Amu and I were sitting quietly on the porch of our beach bungalow, when a slight movement on the tree bark in front of us caught my eye. A small gecko-type lizard was being carefully stalked by a much larger chameleon-type lizard. I watched with bated breath and a sinking feeling in my gut (same as when I watch a gazelle being hunted by a cheetah on Nat-Geo)….and, well, the story ends with the bigger reptile going home with a full tummy.
    Not a very happy ending, I know! 😀

    1. LOL…although my Hubby is a rabbit, you’ll be surprised how well rabbits can masquerade as crabs 😉

      Ooh…I know what you mean…but forget the reptiles for a moment Ms. M – A MONTH in the Maldives!!!!!!!!!!! Could I be any more jealous than I am!!!!! 😀

  5. Nice, Harsha!

    Like all of them, but the crab-man in the second shot is really cute 😉

    I keep forgetting about your photoblog 😮 Can you add the email subscription widget to it please?

    1. Thanks CM!! Ooh I like that…’crab-man’ sounds really cool 😉 I will right away. I’ve been very irregular on it until recently…you inspired me to be more regular with yours 🙂

  6. Fantastic! I love the way you always pull them together in the end. You comments are regarding human behavior are spot on. Great pictures and observations. Love it.

  7. Smart post, Harsha. You pointed out what every earth-science documentary brings home for me: how a lot of human nature is purely animalistic.

    Thanks for the fun, insightful read!

  8. Harsha, the title of your blog drew me in (just wanted to read what you had to say about MY life!!) I must say you have such keen observation and such vivid description of the crab banter. Couldnt see the video though.

  9. I know this comment has come in really late but my goodness what an Epic battle! how true, these crabs and their lil wants & needs make us stand pale in comparison.
    i hope to get ‘simplified’. Kudos on the photos, Im ever fascinated by wildlife. Im part-goat and part-fish but my closest friends are Crabs 😉 (Also, Im a big Spongebob Squarepants junkie heee)

  10. Hi Harsha,
    My name is Jane and I’m with Dwellable.
    I was looking for blog posts about Mirimar Beach to share on our site and I came across your post…If you’re open to it, shoot me an email at jane(at)dwellable(dot)com.
    Hope to hear from you 🙂
    Jane

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