Brave little Henri

Brave little Henri

Observation - Brave little Henri - UK and Ireland. Description: A chance encounter with a very brave Hermit at the leading edge of a swiftly rising tide. Clinging

A chance encounter with a very brave Hermit at the leading edge of a swiftly rising tide. Clinging to a small piece of seaweed in this rare naked state, he was doomed to DIE as this is just the morsel the gulls and waders are looking for - they were watching ME all the time
I took him on and in return he posed for 30 photos, 13 of which are here.
He refused all offers of a new (entirely inappropriate) home and I didn't know why but had assumed Hermits are quite fussy about size and comfort.
And I had to wait with him for over an hour as the water rose INTO my study square, otherwise he would not qualify.
I left him in a warm pool that would be covered by the sea in a few minutes time - will be recognise me tomorrow?
I'd've liked his right cheliped to have been a little larger, to help confirm his identity; there is just a chance he may be someone else
See http://britishseafishing.co.uk/common-hermit-crab/
I had fairly high hopes that he was Pagurus prideaux http://www.seawater.no/fauna/arthropoda/prideaux.html and I am still not so certain.
.http://www.aphotomarine.com/crab_hermit_pagurus_prideaux.html
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The 100th of 101 detailed Observations with the same Six Figure Grid reference, often correct to 1m, sometimes less
OS Grid References See https://finds.org.uk/getinvolved/guides/ngr
Project seen here http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/5569328
Part of my https://www.ispotnature.org/communities/uk-and-ireland/view/project/746155/100-x-100-x-100-orkney
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PLEASE EXCUSE the occasional but continual editing, as I gradually add pictures and text to each post in the quest for excellence