Images in this post are all with my Fujifilm X100s.
San Diego beaches have seen an invasion of small red crabs usually only found on the beaches south of us on the Baja peninsula. Some attribute the migration to El Nino and the warmer waters off our Southern California beaches.
The crustaceans — Pleuroncodes planipes, known as red crabs, or tuna crabs wash ashore and usually perish on the beaches, hence the red patches on the sand. The crabs are really small, only a few inches long.
I found this one on its back and turned it over using a leaf of seaweed when it unexpectedly came to life and went into a defensive position. I don't think they would pinch with much force, but I'm not one to experiment. I think he was glad to be upright.
News articles have shown large patches of the crab but for the most part now there are few areas that are still covered in red.
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