Last night’s sunset was stunning, with wisps of pink cloud burning bright in the sun’s dying rays, and a deep blue sky. Would we be so taken with sunsets (and sunrises) if their beauty were not so transient?
These blue crabs look pretty scary, but they’re only about the size of the end of my finger. I didn’t even spot them initially while walking along mud flats at Ettalong at low tide — it was the plop-plop-plop of millions of tiny feet that caught my attention. The more I looked, the more I was astonished. There were hundreds of thousands of these things! For those of you of a scientific bent, they are Mictyris longicarpus (light-blue soldier crab) I think.
As the heading says, I’m glad they are small. And not looking for a fight!
The next two shots give an idea of the numbers:
I often escape the office at lunch time, and some of those escapes take me to Darling Harbour. I sit by the water, eat my lunch, and toss the odd lentil or chickpea to the fish. The water really was this greeny blue colour — let us hope it’s natural!
According to a colleague, who’s a keen fisherman, these are Yellowfin Bream. No, I don’t see yellow either. 😉