Squat LobsterThe Squat Lobster, Galathea strigosa, likes to hide in crevices, sometimes clinging upside down to the ceiling. You see it most commonly at night. It lives between 3 and 600 m and is an attractive red colour with bright blue lines.

The animal folds its tail under its body resulting in
a crab-like appearance. When necessary the tail is used
as a paddle for a quick get away. Its claws are covered
in brown hairy spines.

The young of this species is a different colour, with a
mottled white carapace.

Galathea strigosa lives from Scandinavia to Spain,
Canaries, Mediterranean and the Red Sea.

Further Reading:
Great British Marine Animals by Paul Naylor
http://www.scubatravel.co.uk/britishmarine.html
More Photos:
http://www.scubatravel.co.uk/photouk.html

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