For example, a hermit crab found itself in a bit of a sticky situation when a passing urchin latched on to its shell. These two invertebrates are not the focal points of this exhibit, but they certainly exhibited some fascinating behavior worthy of a closer look! Here's the whole interaction sped up in a timelapse video.
One reason urchins carry around shells and seaweed may be for camouflage. The hermit crab's shell would have made for a dashing addition. But the crab was able to eek out of its shell enough to pluck the tube feet from its shell so it could scurry away.
So the next time you visit, get macro. Pause to look at the tiny animals around the Aquarium and get ready for a little bit of awesome.
Here's more about these humble heavyweights in our ocean communities:
- Meet the urchins in our cold-water tidepool touch tank
- Aquarists actually caught one of our hermit crabs hatching her eggs
- The BBC filmed hermit crabs in Belize while researcher Randi Rotjan was there
- Check out this unbelievable video of hermit crab migrations
- See more hermit crabs in Belize, plus other amazing ocean animals
- Here's a hermit crab with a most unusual shell