13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Gull and spidercrab

Moments before, the gull had plunged into the surf, somehow spotting the crab beneath the waves. The gull did not win the ensuing battle, as the crab got help: my 10-year old daughter chased the gull, who dropped the crab. She then carried the crab along the beach, away from the gulls, and released it. Location: Napatree Beach, Rhode Island

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2015
Date Uploaded: 11.2015
Photo Location: Rhode Island, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Copyright: © Pieter van Dokkum