Sand crab hole

Sand crab hole

Sand crabs, also called Ghost crabs and Mole crabs, stay buried under the sand most of the time but can reach speeds of 10 miles per hour when they emerge to run along the beach.  They feed in the swash zone, that is the area of breaking waves and then tunnel down at a 45 degree angle to stay safe from birds and other predators.

Some hotels in Florida actually offer sand crab safaris in which families with children run up and down the beach chasing the little crustaceans.  When I was a child we used to have great fun filling buckets with sand crabs, but then we got in serious trouble when we took them back to the hotel and dumped them in the bathtub!

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