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Updated: 08/14/2013 08:38:09PM

Beach visitors from the deep

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Spider crab.

Ghost crab.

Flame Box crab.

Bill Dunson

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When walking on the beach you will invariably encounter crabs of various types. But did you know that almost all of these crabs do not live on the beach but are washed up from deeper water?

The only crab that actually lives most of its life on the beach out of water is the amphibious ghost crab, which lives in burrows and comes out to forage on the beach. It can run quite fast across the dunes but must release its eggs in the water to hatch and pass through a planktonic phase.

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