Millions of “7-11” Spotted Reef Crabs Wash Ashore At Hanauma Bay

Last month I stopped by Hanauma Bay for a quick afternoon snorkel and was shocked to find that the shore was littered with thousands (probably millions state-wide) of tiny (and mostly dead) spotted reef crabs. According to this article from Hawaii News Now, top Hawaii marine biologists are unsure of why they washed up in the surf.

“Could be storms although we haven’t had any, it could be a flux of warm or cold water coming in but I don’t have any signs of that either. It could be some kind of pollution, but if it was pollution it would have affected other species as well. So we really don’t know,” – Dr. Andrew Rossiter, Director of the Waikiki Aquarium.

I decided to take some macro shots of these tiny critters using my iPhone and an Olloclip (3-in-1 Lens for iPhone 4 & iPhone 4S). I can’t praise the Olloclip enough, it’s an amazing little accessory for the iPhone. I was able to get some amazingly close up images of the 7-11 crabs.

Macro shot of a the pinchers/claws of a baby spotted reef crab. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

Thousands of these tiny critters were found rolled up like balls and dead on the shore at Hanauma Bay. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

Macro shot of the tiny legs on these spotted reef crabs. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

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