Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Ghost Crab

Ghost Crab
Watercolor, Pen and Ink on Arches 140lb. Hot Press
Matted in a 5x7'' Ivory Matt
Ocypode ceratophthalma

The Ghost Crab is most active at night, scavenging for plant or animal material that washes ashore.  During the day they burrow into the sand just above the waterline to keep moist and cool.  Called ‘Ohiki in Hawaiian, Ancient Hawaiians ate Ghost Crabs salted, raw, or broiled.  This crab measures up to three inches (8 cm) across.

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