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Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Decorator crabs and cosplay
Decoration as disguise and defence…
Will: I think you are referring to decorator crabs. Don’t you mean they try to disguise themselves?
Moshe: Isn’t that what dress is about? Beautification is an act of disguise.
Will: I understand some crabs also drape themselves with toxic algae to protect against predators.
Moshe: Yes. Some human costumes look toxic too.
The Majoidea crabs which attach materials to their shells do so to hide from, or to ward off predators. Most people decorate themselves to stand out from the background, to attract attention. For a few however, the act of decoration may be to isolate themselves or occasionally hide.