It’s A Shrimp Eat Shrimp World! (#346)

Walking the beach at Westport today, I saw hundreds of little creatures hopping on the sand.  Some were just quarter inch munchkins; others were over an inch long (2 inches if you count the antennae that look like a handlebar mustache).

 

Hop1

 

These diminutive terrestrial crustaceans are called Sand Hoppers.  Related to Shrimp and looking ever so much like them, their more common name is Sand Flea.  But they are not fleas and do not bite.

 

Hop2

 

They burrow into the sand above the tide line to keep the sun from drying them out.  And, to wait patiently for a snack!

 

Hop4

 

This big Sand Hopper has snagged a baby Sand Hopper.  It could be that it’s going to devour it.

 

Hop5 

Or, maybe just rock it to sleep!

 

Hop6

 

There’s always something new to discover at Westport Beach.  It never ceases to amaze me.

Ever Grateful!

Annie

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9 Responses to It’s A Shrimp Eat Shrimp World! (#346)

  1. Sher says:

    Good pictures and some of them are pretty colors too. Maybe they were waiting for a snick snack! Have a wonderful beach walk.

  2. That’s a great series of images.

  3. Connie T says:

    I am surprised you saw one. They are hard to see. People use those for bait to fish with, so my son and I would dig at those holes and never catch one. One guy said to just get them to catch fish with.

  4. They grow so big here. Well over an inch! Thanks, Connie!

  5. Edge of Chic says:

    I never would have guessed that those pics were taken on your iPhone! Thanks for sharing this interesting creature!

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