An attempt to make another docu-ish montage, this is a video showing some of the fauna that are usually not seen easily or given much notice on the beach of Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, which is part of the Persian Gulf.
Shot during a low tide, some of the life forms on this natural setting are momentarily exposed to the atmosphere including some flora. The changing season —from winter (or spring) to summer is marked by the prolific growth of seaweeds and algae.
As with the fauna, one can observe, upon close inspection, that this coast is populated by gazillions of hermit crabs. It is peculiar and curious how the small hermit crabs are the only ones that are on the shallow part. I mean, where are their parents? (Hermit crabs live in different depths, depending on the species. But the population of these millimeters-sized critters, most of which are smaller than my pinky nail, intrigues me.)
Big or more mature hermit crabs in the Philippines aren’t that shy to show up and are comparably more colorful.
Also spotted are some sea snails. We know that hermit crabs don’t generate their own shells like snails do, and they just and must coexist in nature. Dead snails are a plus for the hermits —an empty shell makes room for a hermit that has outgrown its house). There are lots of barnacles. Some have become submerged or even fully exposed to the air because of the low tide. Gray lice-like insects? Can’t exactly remember how I came to spot them.
I could have spent more time searching for other creatures and taking videos but the memory card got full so fast.
This video was taken using a Canon EOS 60D through a 100mm f/2.8 macro lens with the help of a flexible tripod. (Extreme caution is needed not to trip the heavy body and lens using this not so strong but versatile equipment, especially when working over water.) Music (Strange New Worlds) from www.opuzz.com. Long narrative is long.
Side dish: When I was in primary school, I would buy one or two hermit crabs (or even more) as pets. Our town is a landlocked place, and the nearest seacoast (the Manila Bay) is some twenty-five kilometers away. People who make business out of this transport these fellas far, away from seawater, for money. We, kids, who were then innocent or ignorant of the creature, paid to have them.
There are terrestrial species of hermit crabs but the ones marketed are aquatic.
When I was older, I thought they wouldn’t be happy as much even if I had them in an aquarium. They are saltwater creatures, not freshwater.
In the recent years, the level of marketing for this poor creatures leveled up —I used to see them placed in pales, crammed, each trying to move over one another. Now, they are sold in places (not just from petshops) like malls. Like, they have a separate stall for these creatures, sold with painted shells, heavily decorated terrariums, etc. It is okay if the person buying it knows things about a hermit crab. But this strategy (fancy colored ‘cute’ creature’) targets kids who are often inadequate of giving sufficient care. (That is a purely subjective opinion, based on my own experience and as a hobbyist as well who started young.)