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Not exactly difficult to spot as you can imagine, but they are very hard to creep up on!

These bright crustaceans were named 'Sally Lightfoot Crabs' by English sailors when they were first encountered due to the fact that they are very fast and very agile - they can actually jump from rock to rock!

When they are first born they are almost black and much more difficult to spot amongst the rocks but as they grow older so the black brightens to the vivid scarlet and yellow colours of an adult.

A fully-grown adult is generally between 15 and 20cm in size.

They are often seen in the vicinity of Marine Iguanas and Galapagos Sealions, crawling all over each other for valuable waterside rock space.

Regards,

Rich

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