Iguanas and Crabs

Male rock iguana (Cyclus carinata) with the crest along the back

Female rock iguana (no back crest)

We had a day out today on some borrowed kayaks and crossed from Middle Caicos to East Bay Cay (off North Caicos) via a few other small islands.  The wildlife highlight of the day was coming across some of the Turks and Caicos Rock Iguanas.  They are the largest native land animal on the islands and at only about 70cm long not particularly big.  They face huge problems from land development and from introduced domestic animals, particularly cats and dogs.  They have gone from the main inhabited islands but still remain in some of the unpopulated cays, such as East Bay Cay.   With a population of about 50 000 they are still vulnerable to local extinctions.

Blue Crab (Callinectes sapidus)

Other wildlife from the day’s trip included distant views of flamingoes, occasional passing fish and a blue crab scuttling through the shallow waters.  One or two birds sprang out of sight in the mangroves and an osprey flew overhead but we failed to spot any turtles.


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7 Responses to Iguanas and Crabs

  1. vivinfrance says:

    I was just looking at pictures of blue crabs – rather beautiful, but I bet they’re good to eat!

  2. thehutts says:

    They are supposed to be a bit fiddly to make them good eating.

  3. J H Russell says:

    Did you take that wonderful photo of the blue crab under the water?

  4. thehutts says:

    The photo was taken by our son. He jumped out of the kayak with the waterproof camera and followed the crab as it scuttled along the sandy bottom.

  5. J H Russell says:

    It is a wonderful photo– is it copyrighted? ( if someone wanted to paint it , I mean? )

  6. thehutts says:

    We are happy for any non-commercial use of the photo so long as it’s acknowledged where it is reasonable and appropriate to do so (the photographer is Fraser Hutt); and if it were used as a basis for a painting we’d love to see how it turns out!

  7. JH says:

    Thank you so much! so, I understand that if painted, it would be OK for personal use, but not to be sold in a Gallery ? [ and CERTAINLY not for prints to be made]. Your son is a fab photographer! HE should make prints and mat and frame and sell them–it really is a class A+ photo ! If he does, I want to buy one! Thanks- JHR

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