Purple Rock Crab

Purple Rock Crab

When you do a bit of rock hopping on the way to the gap in Piha, you will be watched by numerous attentive eyes: in all cracks there are purple rock crabs (leptograpsus variegatus) — usually they scamper away in a hurry before you have a chance to get a closer look. Here I was lucky, finding about half a dozen, apparently without escape route. Aren’t they just beautiful?