Beach crabs at Atican Resort, Lekki- The most amusing, so amazing!

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By the Atican beach shore, sat I
On sands so soft, so silt, so fine
Around me, holes descend like shafts in a gold mine
Where creatures of golden coats dwell and dine.

These creatures are beach crabs, coated with golden plates and armed with able limbs. They move with quick but calculated struts like that of the Ecomog soldier; and with an eye each one watches out for human intruders nearby, while with the other eye they observe the ever transgressing and regressing waves of the Atlantic ocean.

This act seems to have woven itself into the fabric of the beach crab’s everyday life. Each time a crab ascends from its dingy hole, to the left and to the right it looks, as if it’s about to cross Lagos-Ibadan express way.

Why do they do this all the time?
First, crabs are very very shy and they’re always probably thinking “this people wanna catch me for their pepper soup, no way…tufiakwa!”

Second, they’re careful not to get unwillingly swept away by the backwash of the approaching ocean waves.

Well, all these I observed with about a hundred crabs at the Atican Beach Resort, as they hurry carefully from hole to hole along the soaked shore sands of the Atlantic coast.

So, the next time you go visiting the Atican beach or any of the beaches in Lagos, don’t forget to watch out for those amazing crabs. You’ll be so wowed and fascinated you’ll definitely have to keep going back.

The photos below tell the short story better:


– Let’s say Mr. Crab leaves its hole and is going to another hole some metres away…. then in an instant, the waves from the sea roll ashore onto the beach, and Mr. Crab starts running, hoping to get to its destination before the incoming waves hits and sweeps it off…

www.naijatreks.com – …but it seems it won’t be able to make it to its destination on time, so it begins to slow down as the waves approach..

www.naijatreks.com– It quickly stops, settles into the sand and shoves its limbs firmly into the sand, with its two eyes raised high above the foam of the incoming wave.


…the waves are almost at its feet..

www.naijatreks.com – Within a second, the waves inundate the area and the backwash pulls back into the ocean as Mr. Crab is revealed again, crouched at the same point it was when the waves hit it. Afterwards, it quickly rises and begins to run fast towards it destination before the next wave comes in.

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This article was written by Folarin Kolawole

Founder of Naijatreks, Nigerian-born Folarin Kolawole is a geologist, travel writer and researcher. When not at work, he travels the length and breadth of Nigeria, exploring, taking photos and writing about her numerous hidden tourist potentials.   'Naijatreks' is a product name registered under the Ntreks brand, which is also duly registered by Nigeria's Federal Corporate Affairs Commission. The contents on this blog are re-usable. However, it must be ensured that it is linked back to this blog, and correctly attributed to Naijatreks or the author. Please do not edit, rewrite or commercialize the original works on this blog without direct and written permission from the Founder (Folarin Kolawole). For inquiries and advert placement on the blog, kindly contact us at info@naijatreks.com or naijatreks@gmail.com.

chiaka.ohiadesign@gmail.com' ohia girlNovember 26, 2012 at 8:22 amReply

you are good! (at taking pictures) these crabs are so fast even my puppy can’t touch them, I barely see them at the elegushi beach just their shadows and loads of their holes. it’s so nice to see one of them finally up close in your pics, thanks…

NaijatreksNovember 28, 2012 at 4:34 pmReply

@Ohia girl…awww…ok let me tell you the secret to catching a good view of the crabs…simply carry a camera with a good zoom, then sit and wait patiently by the sea shore (not to close to the water though…loll) then after a while, the crabs will start to come out. You just point your camera to those small creatures moving around you and keep snapping away 😀

timholtwilson@onetel.com' Tim Holt-WilsonNovember 26, 2012 at 11:12 amReply


NaijatreksNovember 28, 2012 at 4:17 pmReply

@Tim Holt…Thanks Tim 😀

myne@mynewhitman.com' Myne WhitmanNovember 27, 2012 at 12:19 amReply

You got good pics of them, when I try, the crabs blend in with the sand 🙂

NaijatreksNovember 28, 2012 at 4:29 pmReply

@Myne Whitman… you need to know how much stress I went through before I could get these few photos…those crabs are soo elusive..they blend quite well with the sand