Photo of the Week

Beach Hopper
Beach Hopper
Iona Beach Regional Park, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8
March 9, 2014

We have another photo from my last trip to Iona Island this week. It was on that trip that I learned about the hopping and burrowing habits of some amphipods known as beach hoppers. As an Albertan I had naively assumed amphipods were all aquatic but there are in fact many terrestrial amphipods in damp habitats. I’m not positive on the ID but it closely resembles this photo of a California Beach Hopper (Megalorchestia californiana).

  • Sean McCann April 6, 2014, 10:21 pm

    We used to call them “suicide shrimp” because when you have a fire on a dark beach, that’s what they do!


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