Have you ever seen such patterns on a beach? What are these patterns? Are these dry leaves embedded in the white sand? Well it can look that way from a distance. Did a kid playing on the beach carve this? But there are thousands of them, who has got this much time in the world and that too everyday? Let's take a closer look to examine this(second photo). Okay well, these are not even carvings now. These appear to be small sand balls arranged in a line. Seems like a lot of work. But who is the artist? Sand bubbler crabs is the answer. A crab? Are you kidding me? No. Some of the white sand beaches from the Indo-Pacific region are occupied by thousands and thousands of these one centimetre big Sand Bubbler Crabs. When it's low tide, these crabs come out of their holes on the beach and start collecting and filtering out sand. They eat all the edible stuff in the same like plankton and micro-organisms and then form a small ball of the remains and arrange it radially with their hole at the centre. This is so that they don't have to examine the same portion of sand again.You can also predict how long the tide has been out by looking at these patterns. More intricate patterns means more time.
This particular beach was full of these floral patterns, there were thousands of these crabs! Nature is truly amazing and artistic. Right from the smallest creatures like the Potter Wasp's earthen pot nest, the Baya Weaver's neat nest to the Peacock's dance, nature never fails to amaze us! It's our responsibility to protect nature. Least we can do is not harm nature in any way. Plastic is taking up all the seas and oceans of the world. Plastic pollution is a major threat to all these marine creatures and to our planet earth at large. Please avoid using plastic, even the tiniest of things like straws. DO NOT dispose plastic anywhere else except bins! If we don't save our planet, then who will? .
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