This is a clip from an episode of BBC's Life Story and it shows how orderly (and also completely chaotic) hermit crabs can be when it comes to trading homes. They all meet up in front of a shell, line themselves up from biggest to smallest and then trade shells with each other by jumping from one to the next.
Seriously, HERMIT CRABS FORM ORDERLY QUEUES. In height order. To more efficiently trade shells. I, for one, welcome our new crustacean bureaucrats.
Hermit crabs travel with their houses on their backs, so why not an entire city? Aki Inomata's photo series gives hermit crabs 3D-printed shells adorned with architecture from various nations, giving the impression that these crabs are world travelers.
Most of the time, hermit crabs live up to their names, keeping to themselves and refusing to socialize with each other members of their species nearby. But sometimes hermit crabs hang out... and they're invariably total assholes to each other.
If you still bear painful childhood memories of returning from elementary school only to discover that your pet hermit crab was surreptitiously whisked away to Papa Jehoshaphat's Hermit Crab Corral three states away — which is, incidentally, staffed entirely by crustacean-loving orphans — the following footage may…
When I was little, I fascinated by hermit crabs, tugging them out of their borrowed shells so I could see the soft bodies within. If I'd had access to Robert DuGrenier's blown glass shells, I might have spared many a hermit crab from trauma.
Harry the hermit crab isn't like ordinary hermit crabs. Harry didn't want to wear a plain old sea shell or snail shell on his back. But Harry doesn't live in any old place; he lives in Legoland, and when offered a choice, opted for a Lego shell.