Creature Feature

As Europe’s first Catch and Release Aquarium, our animals only stay for up to four weeks. Check out this months coolest creature!

The Hermit Crab is born without a shell, and has to move into a disused one, usually left behind by a sea snail like a Winkle or Whelk. They move into the shell rear first, and hide inside when in danger. Like most Crustaceans, they have one small claw for cutting, and a larger claw for crushing. They can prey on smaller creatures, or scavenge for scraps. Hermit Crabs sometimes even share their shells with other creatures, including anemones. (Check out one of our favourite books, “Sharing A Shell” By Julia Donaldson)