Tag Archives: claws

Biodiversity challenge – Yeti crab

Meals on legs

he’s the hairy-pincered gent
hanging out near a hydrothermal vent

he’s the hirsute deep sea diner
grazing on a methane gas refiner

he’s the furry organic farmer
plucking micro meals from his armour

he’s a self-made cafeteria
growing his own bacteria.

© Tim Knight and timknightwriter, 2014

Biodiversity challenge – Fiddler crab

Fit as a fiddler
Fiddler crab

Illustration by Mishka Westell/BBC Wildlife Magazine www.discoverwildlife.com www.mishkawestell.com

Cocksure crustaceans,
Shell-suited north- and southpaws
Dwarfed by insubordinate claws,
Scuttle free
From subterranean sanctuary
And loiter by their intertidal stations.
Stalk-eyed wide boys
On burrowed time,
Nippers out for a ritual bout
Of pincer posing,
Flaunt flags of semi-semaphore.
Fightin’ fit
In their chromatic chitin kit:
Blue is the colour;
The future’s orange;
Come on ye reds.
Not waving, but downing
Their imaginary pints.
Sidling into hole position,
Sizing up the opposition:
Mine’s bigger than yours.
Rebels with outsized claws.

© Tim Knight and timknightwriter, 2006.