Jon Chamberlain - Researcher in Computer Science and Marine Biology

Jon Chamberlain - Researcher in Computer Science and Marine Biology

Close-up picture of a Hermit Crab taken in Thailand 2007

Hermit Crab

This macro image of a Hermit Crab was taken in Koh Tao, Thailand in 2007.

New Age travellers

Mostly occupying the shells of sea snails, the hermit crab needs to upgrade it's borrowed home as it grows. Competition for spare shells can be high and lead to fierce battles. A hermit crab can regenerate it's exoskeleton and any missing limbs in around 10 days in a process called moulting.

Home security

Some larger hermit crabs have sea anemones on their shells to ward off predators in return for scraps from meals. The anemones can transfer to the new shell of a hermit crab when it moves home.

PADI competition winner

This was one of the images that won the PADI Speciality of the Year competition in May 2007.
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