Meet the globe crab

globe crab

The globe crab (Randallia ornata) is no ordinary crab. Its bulbous shell and stylish color pattern shouts, “I’m different and proud of it!” You might think with a name like globe that this crab really gets around…travels the ocean world so to speak…a real globe trotter. In reality, it’s quite the opposite. While the ocean… [read more]

Red rock shimp: cleaners and risk takers

Red rock shrimp

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! The perfect time to highlight a red ocean critter: the red rock shrimp or Lysmata californica. In Southern California, the red rock shrimp plays an important cleaning role, removing parasites from moray eels and California spiny lobsters. Parasite removal doesn’t sound like a great gig, but it’s not so bad if… [read more]

California spiny lobster pays tribute to Tim Burton

Since my favorite California spiny lobster passed away this spring, there has been a lot of extra space in Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s lobster tank. But that available real estate is quickly disappearing with the addition of two lobsters. A fisherman recently donated a 10.5 pound California spiny lobster. Not as big as the tank’s former… [read more]

Move over Martha Stewart! Meet the decorator crab…

It’s time to introduce my new favorite critter at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium…the decorator crab! In retrospect, the decorator crab should have been the feature of my Halloween post because this crab is the true master of disguise. And Halloween or not, the decorator crab has one of the best costumes ever. Decorator crabs use algae,… [read more]