Second place at Wetpixel #368

The theme of the Wetpixel Picture of the Week competition #368 was "Eye Contact", and once again my "Krazy Krab" placed well in a competition.


The "Krazy Krab" continues to do well in competition. This time, it placed second in Wetpixel Picture of the Week #368.

By Christian Skauge   Published: Feb 10, 2011

The image shows a yellowline arrow crab (probably Stenorhynchus lanceolatus), also known as pyramid crab or arrowhead crab.

A bunch of them were sitting on a ledge under an overhang, and when I laid on my back pointing the camera upwards, they would come over the egde and peer into the camera.

They all looked pretty funny, but this particular specimen had something extra about it's eyes - and I knew I had a special shot.

The image was shot at the Cape Verde Islands back in 2008, on a dive with Cabo Verde Diving.

Competition was fierce this week, with a lot more entries than normal.

Over a hundred images were entered, many of them really good - like the winner, posted by cpix. Congratulations!

Arrow crabs are found on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, separated into two very similar species Stenorhynchus lanceolatus (eastern Atlantic) and Stenorhynchus seticornis (western Atlantic and Caribbean).

I have seen many of them at the Canary and Cape Verde Islands, but cannot remember seeing them at the Azores.

On Bonaire and Curaçao in the Netherlands Antilles, as well as along the coast of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, they are very common.

Here are the top three images:

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