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Bird Watching (UK) - - Beyond Birdwatching -

VEL­VET SWIM­MING CRAB Rock­pool­ing is fun at any time of the year, but is best on spring tides, which oc­cur twice monthly. On such tides, the sea re­treats far­thest, ex­pos­ing the largest ex­tent of rock. Take ad­van­tage to ex­plore shel­tered shores for stun­ning marine crea­tures such as Vel­vet Swim­ming Crab. Flat­tened rear legs help it swim and bur­row, and the cara­pace is soft (vel­vet) to the touch. Take care, though: it's not shy of giv­ing a sharp nip.

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