Sally Lightfoot Crab

Today’s photo fact is about the Sally Lightfoot Crab which famously trots around the coasts of the Galapagos Islands, and are also ever present along the Pacific coast of Central and Southern America.

Sally Lightfoots are very common, and you can get fairly close before they scuttle in to a crevice in the rocks. These creepy chappies run around on the tips of their toes, scuttling along the volcanic rocks of the Galapagos, providing a stunning contrast to the black background. Their main diet is algae, but they will also eat plants and scavenge on dead animals, including other Sally Lightfoot crabs!

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