Spiny spider crabs – Maja squinado

Spiny spider crab - Maja squinado on Llanddwyn beach

Spiny spider crab – Maja squinado on Llanddwyn beach

For some reason, there were quite a few of these large spider crabs washed up on the beach this morning. Most of them were slightly alive, but only slightly. It’s common to see shells of the crabs, but much less common to see so many live and intact crabs. However, the gulls were having a field day, so soon these big crabs will probably just be shells and scattered claws too :(

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2 thoughts on “Spiny spider crabs – Maja squinado

  1. Matthew

    Newborough sees a large migration of spider crabs during early summer for breeding. I lived on Anglesey up to about 7 years ago while I was studying for my Oceanography PhD at the School of Ocean Sciences in Menai Bridge. Having grown up on the North Devon coast I was used to seeing large piles of the crabs when out snorkelling. I was pleasantly surprised to find similar piles off Llandwyn Island during late May and June. The large front claws make great eating and the are literally thousands of these guys gathering in the area.

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