National Geographic : 1937 Feb
STRANGE CREATURES OF SUNNY SEAS © National Geographic Society Painted by Else Bostelmann under direction Koy W. Miner GHOST CRABS SCUTTLE ACROSS THE BEACH TO SNATCH A MEAL OF SAND HOPPERS When motionless, these yellowish wraiths, with black, glistening eyes mounted on stalks, blend with the sand. In the faint light of dusk, the yellow carapaces seem of lighter color when viewed from a distance. A seemingly pale GHOST CRAB (upper right) rests beside a burrow, its refuge in times of danger. These creatures are very active and hard to catch. New Jersey marks their northern limit, and they become increasingly abundant southward along the Atlantic coast. The empty shells of the SAND COLLAR SNAIL (lower left) and the large CHANNELED WHELK (left center) were cast up by waves. Edges of dead scallop shells protrude from the sand in the lower right corner.