Jacksonville Beach Stroll

With holiday songs in all the stores, lights strung about my neighborhood, and temperatures dropping each day, there is nothing like escaping the encroaching winter by flying down to Florida. During a week-long conference in Jacksonville, I enjoyed sunny skies and 70 degree weather. To top it all off, my coworkers and I drove to Jacksonville Beach, where we were greeted by this tiny but mighty fiddler crab. This male has a distinctively oversized claw, which is nearly as large as his carapace (main body). Fiddler crabs wave this claw to entice females and dissuade the approach of rival males. This gentleman didn’t wave for us, but we still took a moment to admire how the colors of his shell shone beautifully in the light of sunset.

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