CLASH OF THE CRABS

Blue soldier crab, Mictyris longicarpus

The blue soldier crab is seen by many as an eruption of scampering feet along a seemingly desolate tidal mudflat. But looking closer, we see these little soldiers emerge on every outgoing tide to battle for their muddy territory and to compete for a female to carry their next generation.

Nudgee Wetlands, Queensland

Nikon D500, Nikkor 200–500mm f5.6, 1/3200, f/6.3, ISO 720, handheld

by Samuel Horton, Queensland