Heaps of Mole Crabs


Think you know most of the critters of our area? You might not recognize these weird creatures.

Thursday, masses of mole crabs were seen on Mad River Beach. These tiny beasts (Sometimes mistakenly called sand fleas) were photographed in the thousands.
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Their molted shells can be seen, too.


Below is a video of a stampede of mole crabs rushing across the same beach in 2014.

Photos and video by M. Sid Kelly, a local fish biologist and author. Check out his SciFi books here as well as his non-fiction book, Tigerfish!

If you’ve got a nature photo or video to share, send it to mskymkemp@gmail.com.



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