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Waving Fiddler Crab


Subject: In a Balinese mangrove swamp a male Fiddler Crab (Uca perplexa) is waving his enormous claw (Propodus) to impress and attract a female. Only the males of these semi-terrestrial crabs possess a giant claw.

Technique: To synchronize the movement of the crab’s claw with the music we removed the video frames of the crab’s inactivity in between movements. Later we added a repeat effect to enhance the motion of the claw.

All images Copyright 2020 Olivier Van den Broeck and Greet Meulepas for Beyond scuba. All rights reserved.