Decorator Crab with Pom-Poms at Seymour Marine Discovery Center

Decorator Crab at Bottom of Picture

Decorator Crab with Pom-Pom Camouflage

This decorator crab lives at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center in Santa Cruz, California.  Scientists performed an interesting experiment to see if the crab would use unusual materials (such as colored pom-pom balls) to decorate his shell. The crab did use the balls for decoration.  In the wild he would use natural items for camouflage such as seaweed and shells.  What a cool crab!

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

2 Responses to Decorator Crab with Pom-Poms at Seymour Marine Discovery Center

  1. dianne - "life as i see it" - "just because" says:

    Very interesting : )

  2. Pam says:

    Thanks! It is a really fun place to visit, and has a spectacular view looking out on the coast.

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