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the sand crabs of mustang island

We try to spend some time at Mustang Island State Park on Padre Island in Corpus Christi when we visit. We seem to discover creatures of the beach that we have never seen on previous trips.

This time, we noticed tiny crabs scurrying around that dig holes in the dry sand. They were easy to catch and pick up. They were passive animals once they found themselves in the palm of our hands, so I was able to snap these macro photos of the few crabs that we caught. We immediately let them go once they side-stepped off our hands and fell back onto the warm sand.

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