Spider crab chases underwater camera, gives it a bit of a cuddle
Spider crabs usually keep to themselves, but one underwater scuttler was more curious than most.
Filmed by Melbourne marine photographer PT Hirschfield, who uploads to YouTube under the moniker Pink Tank Scuba, a new video shows a cast of spider crabs casually making their way across the sea bed in Port Phillip, Australia.
One curious crab noticed the camera and went in for a closer look, scuttling toward the lens and eventually grabbing a (tender, tender) hold of it, before wandering off.
It’s a fascinating and highly detailed look at the spider crab, including its little crabby face and curiously skeletal underbelly. Hirschfield told Storyful that she finds spider crabs “truly sweet and gentle souls.”