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shibuya
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On my walk to and from the tidepools from Carambola I noticed five billion gigawatts (can not help a good Back to the Future reference, sorry) of hermit crabs, happily rolling down the hill toward the sea. A mode of transportation? An oops? Just for fun?

Regardless, it made me smile.

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Topic starter Posted : November 29, 2011 4:22 am
VIsnorkeler
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Pretty sure they make a daily trek down to the beach and back up again. Some places/beaches have more hermit crabs than others. I was somewhere obscure on STJ a couple of weeks ago (Parrot Bay, maybe) and the clicking and blacking of them climbing either up or down all over this stone wall was nearly deafening.

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Posted : November 29, 2011 2:10 pm
bjears
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Good Morning- If I remember right, saw something on TV2, they make the trip to the ocean to breed. Hard to believe when you see they high in the hills at times.

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Posted : November 30, 2011 9:44 am
billd
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AND TO SWAP SHELLS. HAPPENS EVERY NOW AND THEN.

BILLD

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Posted : November 30, 2011 1:41 pm
Bombi
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great title for a book

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Posted : November 30, 2011 3:24 pm
shibuya
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bombi- i love writing kids stories and after this observation i thought it would make a great one! 🙂

and now i have some great info to help me get started writing (swapping shells, sharing, might just be the premise!)

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Topic starter Posted : December 1, 2011 11:20 pm
shibuya
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Good Morning- If I remember right, saw something on TV2, they make the trip to the ocean to breed. Hard to believe when you see they high in the hills at times.

ha! oh the things we do for love. 😛

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Topic starter Posted : December 1, 2011 11:29 pm
swans
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I couldn't resist: How cute is this! 😀
Swan

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Posted : December 1, 2011 11:54 pm
saucey
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What time of day was this observed? I really want to go see it for myself!

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Posted : December 1, 2011 11:58 pm
shibuya
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swans what an adorable and tenacious little dude! the other night i had to come to a screeching halt in my neighborhood to let a huge crab cross the road. it just went skuttling by with its little legs, heaving its (hers?) oversized claw alongside. a precious moment i am not soon to forget.

saucey- i think it was around 4-5ish? i managed to not take the direct trail as it was stashed away in some bushes and instead ended up doing a tour of scenic road and then rock scaling 3 craggy bays to get home. well worth it..i found the most amazing tidepool that i aptly named Shibuya's Rest. but i think it was a little before sundown when i saw all the crabs tumbling happily downhill.

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Topic starter Posted : December 2, 2011 12:28 am
saucey
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Funny thing is, years ago I had a dream about crabs marching to the sea. Maybe rhat will be reclassified as deja vous!

Thanks, I'm going to head that way Sunday. Discovery Channel LIVE!!!: 🙂

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Posted : December 2, 2011 12:34 am
shibuya
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interesting dream, because there really are militant crabs out there. really, disney told me in their documentary "Oceans." which is quite good, despite that disney thing.

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Topic starter Posted : December 2, 2011 12:47 am
Beeski
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speaking of Hermit crabs changing shells.....check out this one:

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Posted : December 2, 2011 6:30 pm
swans
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😀 The Aussie is quick! At 40 seconds into the video, he swaps from the lower shell to the upper. Looks like he may stay in his new abode!
Swan

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Posted : December 2, 2011 7:28 pm
aussie
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😀 The Aussie is quick!

Aw, how am I ever gonna find a date if you keep spreading such rumors...or truths 😀

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Posted : December 2, 2011 10:34 pm
swans
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😀 The Aussie is quick!

Aw, how am I ever gonna find a date if you keep spreading such rumors...or truths 😀

oops....Sorry Aussie....we promise not to tell...shhhhhh 😀
Swan

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Posted : December 2, 2011 10:48 pm
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