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Monday, February 1, 2010

Decorator Crab Video

'Purple Forest' from MORPHOLOGIC on Vimeo.

We talked about Decorator Crabs a while back on Sea Things. Well, here is a great video that shows a Decorator Crab doing what it does - putting things on its shell, and then eating an little animal that doesn't realize that it has landed on a predator and not a part of the reef.

The unsuspecting isopod has no idea that it has landed upon an algae covered beast. Furthermore, it appears that the crab is not aware of the unexpected visitor until the isopod begins to explore its decorated exoskeleton. 50 seconds into the clip the isopod meets its fate with a few swift snatches of the crab’s claws. Without missing a beat, the crab continues scavenging amongst the rocks and algae. And life on the reef goes on…

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