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Caribbean Hermit Crab

coenobita clypeatus


Hermit crab using sports bottle cap as home.


Oceanic mangrove island. Lives among tree roots and near the shoreline.


Unlike most ocean born plastic pollution, which shortens the lifespan of marine organisms, this plastic is a temporary haven. In the future, it may be broken up and shorten the lifes of other organisms. This photo was taken on Long Caye Island, which is in the southern portion of the Lighthouse Reef Atoll. It is 43 miles off the coast of Belize. The source of the cap is not the island.

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KarenL 9 years ago

Congratulations glbnoah, your spotting has been featured in the Project Noah blog today as an example of the impact that the plastics we consume is having on the environment.

windmustache 10 years ago

What a funny house! Good.

CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

This would be a great Urban Biodiversity mission entry!

KarenL 10 years ago

Hilarious! Unfortunately a lot of litter doesn't have such a interesting outcome.

Ivan Rodriguez
Ivan Rodriguez 10 years ago

Wonder what its IQ must be, that's a great idea! Amazing find, made me laugh a bit. :)

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