Alien Crustaceans?

I duckdive and stick my head into a little cave. It’s covered in soft corals and weed and stinging hydroids. A flash of movement, and it seems to be a pair of claws waving about it, but it’s so well camouflaged it’s hard to tell. I get closer, and I recognise little eyes peering out at me.


Eyes and claws. Is it a crab or some kind of out-of-this-world alien? Am I snorkelling on a reef in Thailand, or floating in space?

I swim over to another coral bommie. Bright orange and pink polyps cling to their limestone skeleton, and I have a moment of déjà vu. Movement. Eyes. I’ve found another alien crustacean hiding in the coral crevices.


And so my morning goes. So many weird and wonderful sea-critters lurking amongst the rocks and coral.

(For more of our travels to Thailand and the cool stuff we’ve seen underwater, head over to our sailing blog, the Alpha Odyssey).

Eternal silence

Silence is rare. Even at the quietest times, like the depths of night, or sunrise, or in the middle of the desert, or at the top of a mountain, there is still sound.

Insects humming.

The wind.

Our own breathing.

Cars travelling on a distant road.

But death is silent. It occurred to me when I came across some marine critters that had washed up on the beach. Alive no more. And eternally silent.


For happier thoughts and more beach combing finds, check out my sailing blog: beach combing and bully beef…

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