A Crabby Meal

You might expect this to be about a meal of crabs — Dungeness or Snow, perhaps. Instead you’re spying on this sand crab with me as he munches on his morning meal. He’s only about 4 inches long (or should I say, wide) and almost exactly the color of the surrounding sand. He sat just beyond my reach yesterday morning as I took our penultimate photo of the sunrise from this vantage point. When I realized he was eating, I turned my camera from the sunrise to him. He didn’t seem to mind, as long as I didn’t make any sudden movements. I dubbed him “Kani-san” (which is very un-original, it means Mr. Crab in Japanese).


He is eating a small pod from one of the many shade trees around this beach park. I didn’t even know crabs ate pods. Anyway, at first I assumed he was just carrying the pod somewhere until I noticed that he was making slicing motions with his claw along the length of the pod, not unlike a chef slicing fish…


Then he would feed himself with one claw then the other…


He even repositions the pod to reach deeper for the “good stuff” (I’m guessing…)


Then lowers the pod back to feed on the goodies, all the while keeping a wary eye on this rude intruder who is staring at him during his private time…


Mmmm…. more good stuff….


This time he repositions himself instead of his food…


Yeah, that’s the gooey middle…


After he slipped back into his hole, I couldn’t resist taking a closer look at what he was eating (hey, maybe he was on to something, you know?). Yep, it’s a pod… Do you think it might have any culinary value? Someone had to eat that first artichoke, right? (I did return it to Kani-san’s hole after taking this picture)


And this is the view he and I were enjoying — I with my coffee,
and Kani-san with his tree pod…