Macro photo of hermit crab and barnacle

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, Andรƒยธrja (Ibestad, Troms) in northern Norway

15 thoughts on “Macro photo of hermit crab and barnacle”

  1. 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? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I am glad that I stopped in – Speedy

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

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

  3. Sharani Robins

    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.
    p.s. love your photos!

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