Toe Biter On Beach!
Whilst holidaying in the Dominican Republic we came across this fella on the beach. When we got home we searched the Internet and found out from your (very good) site that it’s a Giant Water Bug. He/she was incredibly aggressive; when we went near it, it raised those pincers at us so we kept our distance but still managed to get this photo and a few others. Looking at your site it appears they live in freshwater; could this one have lived in the sea? There was no freshwater nearby. Even the locals looked intrigued at it!
Thanks very much
Neil Williams (Birmingham, England)
There are different species of Giant Water Bugs in many parts of the world. We are not sure if any will swim in salt water. As they can fly great distances, it is possible it flew from a pond several miles away.