Spider Crab Spectacle

After 2 years’ chasing this story in beautiful St Bride’s Bay, Pembrokeshire, BBC Autumnwatch broadcast a fabulous creepy edit of my film tonight. In it, Spider Crabs march in from deep water to the warm, shallow bay, where they use the safety of numbers to moult.

I loved Chris and Michaela’s demonstration using a russian doll and a painted sponge. What an inspired way to show how crabs emerge from their shells 30% larger.

The BBC team did a cracking job on the production of this film, from research, scripting, editing, colour grading to the music and all topped off with Martin’s excellent narration.

Sincere thanks to Lloyd and Ceri Jones at Haven Diving Services for all their support to film this story.


Images and words by Andy

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