Everybody that knows me understands that I am pretty far from being a tree hugging, PETA supporter. However, just no way I was going to feed that old girl to a Tog, sheepie, or any other critter that would be interested. Was happy to put her back and watch her walk away. :thumbsup:
The Giant Hermit Crab (Petrochirus diogenes) is the largest hermit crab in the Caribbean, growing to an impressive five to eight inches long. It is a member of family Diogenidae, the Left-handed Hermit Crabs, and its left claw is slightly larger than its right. The surface of its exoskeleton is patterned in a way that resembles irregular scales. The specimen photographed below was seen at Creole Rock in St. Martin.
There are some of them around here. I used to catch them clamming every once in a while. I can recall drifting the cuts through crab island behind the fish house when I was a kid and neeting them while drifting with the tide on days when the water was clear...but that was a few years ago....
There are TONS of hermit crabs that size on Wake Island. I was using them for bait the last few times I was there since I never plan far enough ahead to bring bait with me. I found that the soft part that is inside the shell worked far better then the hard parts. Caught a bunch of bonefish using them as well as various snapper species that I never actually ID'd.
Most other guys I fly with aren't the outdoorsy types and don't fish, so they were having a good time gathering the crabs for me a cracking the shells with rocks to get me baits whenever I needed one. Can't beat that!