European Shore Crab

Drop Offs

Strolling along the beach we often come across skeletons of the European shore crab. As it develops into adulthood the crab needs to moult up to five times. During this process, the old carapace is burst open, pulled off and often washed up on the shoreline.
With its strong claws, the ten-legged crab can even crack open mussels with ease. Sometimes, shore crabs become cannibals. At the same time, they themselves are on the menu for birds and fish.


Antique Cannon Shoal of Fish Flounder Chalk Reef Impressions Blue Mussel Harbour Porpoise Lumpfish or Lumpsucker Turbot Common Whelk
Selection Sphere Chalk Reefs Seagrass Beds Drop Offs Rocky Reefs Shipwreck NABU (Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union)