Walking the beach at Westport today, I saw hundreds of little creatures hopping on the sand. Some were just quarter inch munchkins; others were over an inch long (2 inches if you count the antennae that look like a handlebar mustache).
These diminutive terrestrial crustaceans are called Sand Hoppers. Related to Shrimp and looking ever so much like them, their more common name is Sand Flea. But they are not fleas and do not bite.
They burrow into the sand above the tide line to keep the sun from drying them out. And, to wait patiently for a snack!
This big Sand Hopper has snagged a baby Sand Hopper. It could be that it’s going to devour it.
Or, maybe just rock it to sleep!
There’s always something new to discover at Westport Beach. It never ceases to amaze me.