Among the unusual things in the sea, there are some animals that stand out for the strange way they move.
These are the crabs that move sideways!
This characteristic walk of crabs takes place on all kinds of substrates and ecosystems (on rocks, in sand, among algae, in and out of water). This is a cute movement, very different from other crustaceans. It is the only sea creature that moves in this way and that makes it very special and unique.
The way the crab moves has been mentioned in many songs, poems and plays and is a source of satirical commentary.
Crabs are crustaceans, of the order of Decapods. Their body is generally covered by a hard exoskeleton, which varies from species to species in shape and colour. Sometimes it has a polygonal shape and other times it has a round shape. Their head does not stand out from the thorax and has two short antennae, which consist of sensory organs. They are equipped with a pair of pincers to catch and cut their food which they look for mainly at night as during the day they remain hidden among the rocks, stones or in the sand.
Mating takes place during the period when the female crab changes shell. In many countries of the world, including Greece, crabs are part of the diet of the inhabitants as they are considered delicious delicacies and an appetizing base ingredient for wonderful sauces!
ΨΗΦΙΑΚΟ ΜΟΥΣΕΙΟ ΦΥΣΙΚΗΣ ΙΣΤΟΡΙΑΣ ΚΕΡΚΥΡΑΣ
eMUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY OF CORFU
eMUSEO DI STORIA NATURALE DI CORFU