PROTECTION

BOXER CRAB

LYBIA TESSELLATA

During a dive in the Celebes Sea in North Sulawesi I was lucky to meet this boxer crab (Lybia tessellata) that was carrying its eggs. The peculiarity of this crustacean is its symbiosis with small anemones that are attached to its claws. They’re used as protection against attackers, just like a boxer.

Bunaken Marine Park, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

Olympus E PL-1, Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8, 1/160, f/19, ISO 100, Inon Z240 strobe, 10Bar underwater housing 

by Alex Varani