Think you have spent a little too much time in the Hawaii sun? We know this expired a’ama thin-shelled rock crab has. Black in color while alive, a’ama turn a dark red as they are baked by the sun on dark lava rock.
Found on practically all Hawaiian shorelines, the a’ama (Grapsus tenuicrustatus) plays a vital role in keeping the shoreline free of organic debris. Besides being fun to watch as they scamper and jump with surprising dexterity, Hawaii’s rock crabs eat all manner of insects and small dead animals. Their diet leads to cleaner shores and hours of entertainment.
Some eat the a’ama, usually raw, with a bit of sea salt.