Crickson's electric eye

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I am married to Spiderbaby and live in Banbury, Oxfordshire after eight years living in the USA and Sweden. I am working and training as a clinical scientist for the NHS in Oxford.

There are now over ten years of photographs on my blog! It all started with a photograph I took on the 1st of May 2004... It's been a wonderful journey, thank you all who have shared it with me, and made this blogging community one I keep coming back to!

Interesting things I read recently:

"Only one in five people born [in the UK] since 1975 believes in God".
Source: Prof David Voas, University of Essex

"For every dollar invested in the Human Genome project, $141 was returned to the US economy". Francis Collins, NIH
Source: New Scientist 27 July 2013.

I am Pavlovs_dog on PSN and would be happy to link up with Playstation-owning mobloggers : )

Too Much Information: The first album I ever bought was the Fraggle Rock soundtrack. Pretty cool, eh? I was only 16 : )

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Hildegard, look away now.

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1st Jun 2009, 17:14   | tags:,,

beth says:


1st Jun 2009, 17:35

Rich says:


1st Jun 2009, 18:44

paintist says:

absolutely amazing!
reminds me of Predator

1st Jun 2009, 18:52

Craft says:


1st Jun 2009, 18:54

crickson says:

Awww! They're harmless and rather sweet really.

1st Jun 2009, 19:14

JD, NLI says:

You about to chuck that on the barbie with a nice drop of garlic butter, then?

1st Jun 2009, 20:03

crickson says:

I'm fairly sure they're inedible. But they are often used as fishbait, unfortunately.

1st Jun 2009, 20:32

Viv says:

quite amazing

1st Jun 2009, 21:58

Sprocket says:

facehugger - ahhhhhhhh!!!

1st Jun 2009, 22:33

hildegard says:

See, that's how atavistically I respond to them - I come over all of a Leviticus.

1st Jun 2009, 22:36

factotum says:

Crickson is right- they're harmless and really rather sweet. And they leave nice tracks in the sand.

1st Jun 2009, 23:38

Spiderbaby says:

They are so cool. You can really see the book lungs nicely in the second one - the 'leaves' are just below all the legs and before the tail spike. I'd heard of book lungs, and knew vaguely that spiders had them, but never knew what they looked like. Here you can easily see they are like the pages of a book. They are so wonderfully mechanical in their exoskeletons :)

This one was carefully picked up, swiftly photographed then carefully released to go about his business (which was mostly looking for the lady crabs ;) ).

2nd Jun 2009, 00:08

hildegard says:

They makes my spine to crawl & the hairs on my arms to stand up. So much so that I hadn't even noticed that someone was holding it in these pics. My palms are crawling even at this distance. Someone touched the abomination! Defiled! Unclean! Euw!

I think I need to go & wash my eyes...

2nd Jun 2009, 00:19

Spiderbaby says:

Is there nothing I can say to help you??? This makes me so sad, they really are nothing to be having such a reaction too. Their pincers don't even pinch, they're more like forks for stuffing detritus into their ventral hairy mouth area.

Oh dear :(

2nd Jun 2009, 00:49

crickson says:

Hildegard> I did warn you...

2nd Jun 2009, 02:04

swamprose says:

H, they do have tails, but just don't wag them like a pup. C'son, Sbaby and facto and now I are all telling you that if you ever had a moment with a horshoe crab in person, you'd be won over. easily. the most primitive, yet unassuming, polite, of all crabs.

2nd Jun 2009, 04:20

hildegard says:

SR - you do not want to give me a moment with a horshoe crab. Not unless you need lobster bait.

Spiderbaby -"ventral hairy mouth area" see; even the description is revolting...

2nd Jun 2009, 11:45

Rich says:

But look! In the third one he just wants to give you a hug. c'mon, get snuggly with the hellcrab. He only wants a chance to wuv you.

2nd Jun 2009, 12:03

Craft says:

Lol @ Rich

3rd Jun 2009, 16:55

BRADIE says:

what is it????? im only 12 so i don't know

18th Jun 2009, 16:15

FilbertFox says:

it is as ugly as all hell (no not the person holding it) but truely facinating (again not the person holding it). I wants to see one in action

25th Jun 2009, 15:11

Spiderbaby says:

Bradie - it is a horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus). They are harmless but look pretty awesome as you can see above. They are very ancient creatures, not having changed a great deal since pre-historic times. They have copper-based blood (instead of iron-based blood like most land animals like us) and are actually more like a kind of giant spider than the crabs you are probably used to seeing on the beach.
They don't bite, pinch or sting (though you have to be careful not to tread on them or get your fingers caught in their shell if they move suddenly). They are really fascinating :)

25th Jun 2009, 17:37

FilbertFox says:

Awesome! You have gone native!

25th Jun 2009, 20:09

Spiderbaby says:

No no, these really are awesome-looking in the original sense if you find that kind of thing scary.
I try to limit my awesomes to one or two a day, for now at least... I'm just about holding on.

25th Jun 2009, 22:19