Raccoons in Costa Rica eat crabs. The raccoons have very dexterous fingers and can open up the crabs to eat. Raccoons come out at night, and these crabs also come out at night, which makes them a prime food source for the raccoons.
As you can see by our car headlights in the top left corner of the photo, this crab was crossing the road along the beach road between Tamarindo and Playa Langosta when I stopped to get out to take his photo for this website.
I guess raccoons are braver than I am. I kept my camera safely between my hands and this crab. I don't think I would try to handle this or other crabs, no matter how much I might like to eat crab meat.
Today is Sunday, and we have a special treat this week, posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site. If you have not been to India, a preview is only a click away, featuring some of the remarkable architecture and people.