Yesterday morning I was kind of late for work and so I was in a bit of a rush when I left the house. I had just left the driveway when I saw something moving on the side of the road front of me. I had to blink a few times as I was convinced my eyes were deceiving me. A crab? A CRAB? Of course, curious me could not let this pass. I stopped the car and got out to take a closer look. It certainly was a crab! I was confused. I thought one would only find crabs near the sea? (You know, Mr. Krabs and company😁). I wasn’t sure what to do with it so I took a couple of pictures and a short clip and left.
Seeing as yesterday was a busy day for me, I didn’t have time to sit and google “lost crabs”. I did however manage to quickly post the short video clip in one of the Facebook groups I’m in and ask if anyone knew why on earth this little crab was wondering around the streets of Harare! The responses were quite interesting and I learnt there were indeed such things as fresh water crabs which inhabit streams and rivers. Also, seeing as us humans have all but destroyed their habitats, some of the poor little crabs like the one I met, have taken to living in storm drains and even sewer pipes. That made sense because there is quite a big storm drain a few meters from where I met Mr. Krabs.
I eventually got round to doing a bit of googling and learnt one or two things. Did you know that there are over a hundred species of fresh water crab in Africa? Apparently, meeting these little guys wondering around isn’t as rare an occurrence as I thought. Several people on my Facebook post said they had seen them here in the city, out and about near streams and storm drains.
Nat Geo WILD and Animal Planet are some of my absolute favourite channels, hence my excitement at seeing such an unexpected creature near our home. For a minute or two I felt like Sir David Attenborough!😂😂 If you are interested in more information about these little creatures, you can click here and here. It actually seems not much research has been done on these fresh water crabs that are being found loitering around in urban areas. So if you know any aspiring biologists, let them know about this blog post. They may be interested in carrying out more research.
What is the strangest creature you’ve ever come across in the most unexpected place?