It was nearing sunset when I spotted this tiny little spotted rock crab hanging out in the tide pools at Wawaloli Beach on the Kona Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. They are not normally out during the day so I guess it was getting close enough to dark for him. This is a macro image; he wasn’t more than a couple of inches wide, legs and all.
The Hawaiians call these crabs 7-11 crabs. They range in color from a deep orange to light rust color and they have seven large dark reddish-maroon to brown colored spots on their back. Their shell is thick and heavy but smooth and they have extremely strong pinchers.
Hawaiian legend says that this crab has its spots because a sea god tried to capture it and eat it, but the crab drew blood. The sea god kept on trying to catch the crab with his bloodied fingers and that's why he has so many red-brownish spots.
This image has been digitally painted.
Copyright 2017 Susan Rissi Tregoning
December 7th, 2017
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