Despite its given name, the umang-umang is no hermit. On the contrary, it is an extremely sociable animal as it lives together with other hermit crabs and are often foraging for food together. Especially active at night, it emerges from its hiding place (usually under rocks or tree trunks) and roams about in search of food. It is an omnivorous animal and a scavenger too.
During the recent school break, at the aptly-named Umang-umang Chalet in Kuala Linggi, I had an eye-opening encounter with lots of these hermit crabs. Falling instantly in love with these adorable creatures, hubby and I had a thoroughly enjoyable time seeking them out on the beach in the dark (with the help of our headlamps), observing their delightful antics, photographing them and their unique shells and video recording their pursuits.
|Time to go jalan-jalan|
|Jalan-jalan cari makan|
|Bo cheng kor! Shame! Shame!|
|My mama taught me it is good to share|
|Friendship transcends everything, including size|
|It was a bonus when I landed this awesome shell. Would hate leaving it when it's time to change shells.|
|My shell's not bad either. Hope to find a fancy one again next time around.|
|Little one, not to worry. You'll get to my size one fine day.|