Crab versus Crab

Look at sea critters long enough and they start to look like they're prancing around the set of SpongeBob. That's exactly what happened with Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of the animated series -- he started as a marine biologist and became a cartoonist. These two crabs inhabit a purely-for-fun 55-gallon local specimen tank at the East Hampton shellfish hatchery (see prior post). A rock crab (on the left) is 'defending' his abode from some other kind of crab. Check out that claw. The dispute was resolved amicably. Photo by Eric.

Tomorrow — we will visit the former home of John Steinbeck, and take a look at his chart.