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The shores of the islands of the Chagos Archipelago are busy with life. The ocean-facing coasts are one of the most challenging environments due to the constant pounding of waves, but there are several animals that have specialized here.

On these remote strips of land there are no mammals or reptiles, with the result that crabs dominate, such as the Sally Lightfoot Crab (Grapsus albolineatus), which can be found scuttling all over the rocky parts of the shores. They may rule the rocks here, but they are very reluctant to get in the water. And for good reason, as you’ll see…


Crab Haven from Jon Slayer on Vimeo.

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