The Hunting Island beach and water area are home to many species of crabs. Crabs are an important part in the eco-system and without them, ocean life would be impossible to maintain.
One of the most popular crabs harvested for food in the area. Crabbers use traps in the river attached to floats to mark their location and to retrieve them. Locals use a string attached to a stick to catch crabs, usually on the river banks or boat docks.
They are usually seen scourging the shallows near shores of creeks and rivers. Low tides are the best time to view.
Small crabs usually seen in the marsh mud on low tides. The male fiddler has one enlarged claw used to attract mates by waving back and forth in a "fiddling" motion. Females have smaller claws.
These "living fossils" have inhabited the Earth now for over 300 million years, about 100 million years before the dinosaur. They have changed very little. Usually found washed up on the beach after storms or empty shells may wash up after molting cycles.
They are called Ghost Crabs with good reason; they blend closely with the sand on which they live, and are very swift. They seem to appear from nowhere, run, and suddenly disappear again. They resemble a fiddler crab, but are rarely seen, unless they move.