Black-Eyed Hermit Crab



Discover the Crabs and Shrimp of Monterey Bay

Monterey Bay teems with a diverse array of crustaceans, vital to the marine ecosystem and often spotted by divers. Common species include hermit crabs, the colorful red rock crab, and the agile kelp crab. These crustaceans inhabit various environments, from sandy bottoms to rocky reefs and kelp forests. They play essential roles in the food web, acting as both predators and prey, and contribute to the ecological balance and health of Monterey Bay’s vibrant marine habitats.

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