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I don't have an underwater camera and it's illegal to collect corals, but my inherent collecting desires got the best of me and I got these on yesterday's dive trip to some artificial reefs off Panama City Beach. In 80' of water, visibility about 50' First is this arrowhead crab with the blue hands
 

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This one was obviously a reefer in another existence, forced by the vagaries of life to take up another type of collecting. How he holds them is the subject of a dissertation somewhere.
 

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In case someone gets upset about plundering the reef, the subjects shown existed in the millions on the reefs. Kinda puts the prices of things at our lfs in perspective. Also, I very carefully read the restrictions about collecting in the Gulf. When I asked the divemaster about it he just laughed and showed me the scars from sea urchin spines he accidentally incurred when he didn't watch where he put his hands.
 

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Nice pics! I had a arrowhead crab in a tank one time and when I came home from work the arrowhead was over the top of my sea urchin and pulling all the spines out!!:eek: The arrowhead went back to the LFS!:)
 
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