Japanese spider crab moults its shell in amazing timelapse video

Process took over six hours and allows animal to eat more and grow bigger

Gianluca Avagnina
Monday 11 February 2019 16:47
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Japanese spider crab moults its shell in amazing timelapse video

Amazing footage shows a Japanese spider crab moulting its shell at Seaworld San Diego marine park.

In the video, the crab can be seen leaving its old shell behind and reappearing in a new vibrant red colour.

The process took over six hours and allows the animal to eat more and grow bigger.

Aquarium curator Mike Price said: “It’s a perfectly natural occurrence for a spider crab.

“But for us as marine scientists to be able to witness Mother Nature in action in such an impressive way, that’s a great day at SeaWorld.”

Moulting is a natural process by which an animal casts off a part of its body. It happens with birds, but also snakes, cats, lizards, arachnids, insects and, of course, crabs.

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