CRITTER: Meet makua-o-ka-lipoa the sleepy sponge crab

  • Terry Lilley / Contributed photo

    Makua-o-ka-lipoa the Sleepy Sponge Crab

  • Terry Lilley / Contributed photo

    Makua-o-ka-lipoa the Sleepy Sponge Crab

The first time I saw a giant, foot-wide sleepy sponge crab while scuba diving, I had no idea what I was looking at. I was just shooting video of a white sponge growing on top of a brown rock back in a dark cave and, all of a sudden, the rock stood up and slowly walked away! Turns out it was not a rock but a huge, round crab covered in brown fuzz with a live sponge on its back and huge, white-tipped pincers.

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