We had a slow morning a couple of days ago, so when we came across an unidentified red-brown shape paddling its way across the ocean, I jumped in to take a look.
It turned out to be a female crab carrying a clutch of eggs.
This is me honing my mid-ocean crustacean photography skills...
Crabs aren’t known for being genial, but this one was particularly pugnacious, perhaps because of the precious cargo she was transporting.
I tried being friendly, but she wouldn’t have any of it; she just scowled, simmered, and snapped. Sigh.
Within short order, the crab descended into the abyss...all the while wielding her pincers with vim and vigour...leaving no doubt whatsoever about her considerable disdain for oversized, appendage-challenged individuals like me.
...and this was my belligerent subject, a female crab carrying a clutch of eggs