Seashell with a secret. Common Whelk shell (Buccinum undatum) in which a Hermit Crab (Pagurus bernhardus) is living on Burry Holms, Rhossili, Gower, South Wales (1)

This sea shell has a secret. It is the new home of a Hermit Crab, Pagurus bernhardus (Linnaeus). He is very shy. I had to wait very patiently for him to come out of his shell – and then he nearly ran into the lens of the camera!

Hermit Crab (Pagurus bernhardus) emerging from a Common Whelk shell (Buccinum undatum) at Burry Holms, Rhossili, Gower, South Wales(2)

Hermit Crab (Pagurus bernhardus) emerging from a Common Whelk shell (Buccinum undatum) at Burry Holms, Rhossili, Gower, South Wales (3)

Hermit Crab (Pagurus bernhardus) emerging from a Common Whelk shell (Buccinum undatum) at Burry Holms, Rhossili, Gower, South Wales (4)

Hermit Crab (Pagurus bernhardus) emerging from a Common Whelk shell (Buccinum undatum) at Burry Holms, Rhossili, Gower, South Wales (5)

Hermit Crab (Pagurus bernhardus) emerging from a Common Whelk shell (Buccinum undatum) at Burry Holms, Rhossili, Gower, South Wales (6)

Hermit Crab (Pagurus bernhardus) emerging from a Common Whelk shell (Buccinum undatum) at Burry Holms, Rhossili, Gower, South Wales (7)

Hermit Crab (Pagurus bernhardus) emerging from a Common Whelk shell (Buccinum undatum) at Burry Holms, Rhossili, Gower, South Wales (8)

Hermit Crab (Pagurus bernhardus) emerging from a Common Whelk shell (Buccinum undatum) at Burry Holms, Rhossili, Gower, South Wales (9)

Hermit Crab (Pagurus bernhardus) emerging from a Common Whelk shell (Buccinum undatum) at Burry Holms, Rhossili, Gower, South Wales (10)

Revision of a post first published 13 September 2009

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8 Replies to “A Hermit Crab from Rhossili”

  1. They are cute – but I understand it can be a bit difficult getting the collar and lead on Hermit Crabs to take them for walks, and they are always so fussy when it comes to changing shells.

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  2. I have done it 11 times so far….
    I meant more the hermit thing, really. A cottage in the woods miles from anywhere….
    *goes off dreaming*

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  3. I also found that if I used my mouse to scroll down quite fast I had a little film of him emerging which was very cute.
    Sometimes I think I’d like a suit of armour!

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