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Fiddling with the Fiddlers

Spent the morning yesterday, baking in the midday sun, watching these fascinating little guys come out and play on the mud-flats. The common English name “Fiddler Crab” comes from the feeding of the males, where the movement of the small claw from the ground to its mouth resembles the motion of someone moving a bow across a fiddle (the large claw). Sadly the mangrove area that these guys were photographed in had recently been completely destroyed and cut back to stumps. These mangrove areas are critical to marine habitats as they provide nursing and birthing grounds for many species.

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