Baby crab piggyback

Baby crab gets piggyback

Don’t be shellfish – let me come along! A cheeky baby crab hitches a ride on the back of a grumpy adult.

A photographer captured the rare sight of a baby crab jumping on the back of a crabby crustacean for a piggyback while cruising along on the bottom of the sea bed.

The pair of red king crabs were photographed off the coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia.

The older crab eventually shook his tiny friend off his back, who then crawled away to rest on a nearby starfish.

Underwater photographer Andrey Nekrasov, 42, dived into the black depths of the Bering Sea in the north Pacific Ocean to come face-to-face with the creatures in June this year.

Mr Nekrasov, of Odessa, Ukraine, said: “This was a very rare thing to see. I think the baby red king crab climbed on adult crab for security.

“He was lucky to get away – most adult crabs eat baby crabs.”

The red king crab is one of the largest species of crab in the world. Their leg spans can reach six feet and their carapaces can grow to a width of 11 inches.

More high resolution pictures are available on request. To discuss rates for using pictures and copy, contact news editor Tom Knight on 07815 004413 or tom@medavia.co.uk.

 

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