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We regularly post short Marine Wildlife Videos an Photographs with a short explanation regarding the subject and the technique used to capture the image.

All videos are made by Olivier Van den Broeck using Light & Motion video lights

and all photographs are by Greet Meulepas unless stated otherwise.

152. Velcro- or Blunt crab (Camposcia retusa)


Subject: Living amongst coral rubble and seagrass beds this nocturnal Velcro Crab (Camposcia retusa) is even though quite common very hard to spot. It uses the hairs that cover its body to stick on pieces of rubble and snipped-off bits of sponges, hence its name “velcro crab”. The decoration serves not only as a near perfect camouflage but produces also an unpleasant taste which deters predators.

Technique: Music is extremely important in cinematography; it creates an atmosphere, enhances the story telling and establishes the mood of the scene. Here we’ve chosen for a tune that adds some suspense to the clip.