Squat lobster? More like bench-press lobster, look at those crabulous arms!
Also known as pelagic red crabs, tuna crabs or even lobster krill, these crustaceans are neither crabs nor krill! They belong to the infraorder Anomura, which includes squat lobsters, hermit crabs and sand crabs—you know, the not-so-crabby “crabs.” Pelagic red crabs are vertical migrators, and tend to appear near the surface just after sunset. Like many organisms at the bottom of the food chain, the pelagic red crab plays a critical role in its ecosystem as an abundant food source. So the next time you admire a speedy tuna or an elegant whale, think of the contributions of the small but mighty pelagic red crab.