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Macro photo of hermit crab and barnacle

May 28th, 2007 · 15 Comments

Macro photo of hermit crab and barnacle
Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera on May 18th, 2007. Click image for larger view.

Close up shot of a common hermit crab (Pagurus pubescens).

These critters are so funny to observe. Each have their own personality. Some are really brave and fights everyone and some hide in their shell at the smallest sign of danger.
When I was a kid I used to drop empty shells among a bunch of hermit crabs. They would always check out the shell and if they liked it, they changed shells.
If a bigger hermit crab likes the shell that another crab has, it will force it out to get better housing!

Information about the picture:
Camera: Olympus E-500 digital single-lens reflex camera
Exposure: 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture: f/6.3
Focal Length: 35 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Lens: Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm F3.5 Macro
Location: Laupstad, Andørja (Ibestad, Troms) in northern Norway

Tags: Coast · Macro · Nature · Norway Norwegen Norge

15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Eric "Speedcat Hollydale" // May 29, 2007 at 2:25 am

    Fantastic!! I am a Norwegion decendent living in North America. Your site is very interesting – and the pictures are very professional. The “Red Sunset” was one the best I’ve seen.
    Any golf courses where you are? 😉

    I am glad that I stopped in – Speedy

    p.s. my last name ends with “stad” Is that common where you are?

  • 2 Peter // May 29, 2007 at 5:24 am

    Glad to see you back missed your photos

  • 3 raf // May 29, 2007 at 6:26 pm

    I like this one ! 😉
    good pictures of landscape to.
    all the best

  • 4 Mark // May 30, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    Love macro work, cracking picture

    Cheers Mark

  • 5 naktu // May 31, 2007 at 3:02 pm

    I like this crab picture. So small…

  • 6 bubble // Jun 2, 2007 at 5:40 pm

    Be subjected to the sea beach of pollution, will have already carried to protect a bottle hermit crab for covering especially.

  • 7 Jared Schwager // Jun 6, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    Wow! Very nice shot. I’d love to have this as my desktop background. You wouldn’t happen to have a higher resolution shot, would you?

  • 8 alesx // Jun 8, 2007 at 11:53 am

    Great pics!!!

  • 9 Sharani Robins // Jun 8, 2007 at 8:43 pm

    Hi Thomas,
    I wrote an article about my experience observing and photographing tiny sand crabs in Kuantan Malaysia. They created the most amazing mandala and spiral designs in the sand. If you are interested, it was published in Spirit of Change magazine (New England, USA) last Fall which is also published online.
    Sharani
    p.s. love your photos!

  • 10 Debo Hobo // Jun 8, 2007 at 9:24 pm

    Georgeuos and incredibly clear photos.

  • 11 Thomas Laupstad // Jun 11, 2007 at 1:04 am

    Thanks for all the comments! 🙂

    Jared: Sent you an email.

  • 12 Macro picture of a butterfish (Pholis gunnellus) at the coast in Northern Norway // Dec 16, 2007 at 2:23 am

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  • 13 Lynda Lehmann // Dec 17, 2007 at 12:04 am

    Great shot of this funny little guy!

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  • 15 Michael // Jan 18, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    Love the crab! Spectacular shot. Great to see something we so often overlook – and the colors are outstanding.