A midnight stroll

Category: Nature

 

Photo and caption by Matthew Farrugia

This hermit crab was photographed during a night dive using a snoot. Despite the common name, hermit crabs are related more closely to lobsters than to crabs. They lack a hard carapace, and adopt the empty shells of gastropod molluscs (such as whelks), carrying them around and swapping them for a larger shell as they grow.

Location: Malta, Zurrieq

 

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