Sunday, August 22, 2010

Why did the crab cross the road?

Yesterday I showed a photo of what I surmised to be raccoon tracks on Langosta beach in the morning. What were raccoons doing on the beach? Probably catching and eating crabs.

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.


Deb said...

I just linked to your blog from your comment on My Sante Fe Kate's last post. Costa Rica is on my list of "I want to go here..." so I've marked you blog to follow!

Looking forward to the journey...and I'm also going to go backwards for a while to catch up!

This crab looks like he has far surpassed the size of the "Maryland Blues" that we get!

Sharon said...

I had no idea that crabs would get as far away from the water as the road.

Tracy said...

The raccoons have good taste. Did the crab make it to the other side? Dave, I think it's funny you mentioned you were afraid of the crab but seem to be fearless when it comes to crocodiles. LOL.

Julie said...

wow, now this is a unique photo and so uniquely Costa rica

Kate said...

Well, those little raccoon rascals really know what they're about...must be tasty fare for them.

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