Painted Ghost Crab Painted Ghost Crabs got their name because they can disappear almost instantly, scuttling at speeds up to 10mph, while changing direction repeatedly. They can catch flying insects in mid-air. But they cannot see directly up, so they must burrow into the ground to prevent birds from catching them. Ghost crabs hibernate during the winter, holding their breath for six months, by storing oxygen in sacs near the gills. They can survive for a year without entering the water. South Beach, Bartolome Island.
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