Puget Sound King Crab (Box Crab)

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Some colour to cheer everyone up this dark time of year. This Puget Sound King Crab (also known as Box Crab) was photographed mid November at a depth of 55ft. while diving off Tilly Point (end of Craddock Rd. on South Pender) I always get a kick of the tiny eyes and little pupils. This little guy does not get to look over its shoulder, but then again it is built like a tank and probably has no need to. Cheers Derek

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els f-two on December 20, 2012

the wonderous world onder water, such great colours Derek, i enjoy your pictures very much , because they are always surprising:) wish you a wonderful Christmastime and great new adventures for the coming year! thanks for your kind visits this year! bye, Els

Renáta Kuss on December 21, 2012

This would make a fabulous painting!


Dear DDD, I hope your Christmas cheer stays with you throughout the year! Wishing you and your loved ones a joyous Christmas and outstanding 2013!

Warmest greetings, Renáta


QuyTD on December 27, 2012

Hello My friend

Excellent picture Like4


©junebug on January 4, 2013

WOW! Didn't know that crabs can be so beautiful!!! Great new series, Derek! The colours sure brighten up my day in these dark times! All the best for 2013, Anne

Derek Holzapfel on January 4, 2013

Danke Anne, good to know the days are getting longer. I have seen the sun only once the last four weeks. Alles Gute, Derek

egliandré on January 7, 2013

Ein sehr interessantes Foto! Sehe ich da einige Wassertiere?


Gruss aus der Schweiz, André

Derek Holzapfel on January 7, 2013

Danke André, das ganze Bild ist die Krappe, aber auf die Schale sind Barnacles und kleine Wörme in weisen Tuben. Alles Gute, Derek

cjlin on January 11, 2013

Hello friend, here is the ANSWER of the riddle in our gallery. Thanks for your visit and compliments. Best wishes. cjlin

poludziber on January 29, 2013

molto bella, like......ciao, Flavio

AnneliesMacro&More on May 14, 2013

amazing shot, so full of beauty and colours, like

best wishes, Annelies

Alireza Javaheri on December 25, 2013

  • Nice shot & beautiful Photo ...

  • L I K E - Merry Christmas & Happy new year

  • Best wishes - A-J

Astrodan on February 27, 2014

Beautiful Photoes .Cheers DAN

cwicks on April 4, 2014

Well certainly no thin disguise here, Derek. With this amazing ability to hide in plain sight, he would have probably latched onto my nose before I discovered those orange, oval eyes!

Cheers to you, Carlee

Derek Holzapfel on April 5, 2014

Thanks Carlee, nice to see you again. Indeed these are a most beautiful crab specie. Just saw another one a few days ago too. Always a thrill. Best wishes, Derek

David Guruli on June 29, 2014

Wonderful capture.
Best regards from Georgia, David.

Buts Yuri on January 8

Excellent shot with beautiful colors! LIKE ! Best wishes! Yuri.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on December 10, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Derek Holzapfel
    • Taken on 2012/11/15 11:32:13
    • Exposure: 0.008s (1/125)
    • Focal Length: 21.55mm
    • F/Stop: f/6.300
    • ISO Speed: ISO160
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • Flash fired