The Amazing Ability of the Decorator Crab to Accessorize and Camouflage at the Same Time

Accessorizing Decorator Crab

The KQED series “Deep Look” explores the incredible ability of the decorator crab to accessorize with the flora of its surroundings in order to avoid becoming easy prey for the countless animals who see it as a tasty meal. The camouflaging materials stick to the crab with velcro-like hairs all over its body, so nothing comes off until the crab decides to remove it.

When you live by the seashore, one day you’re in, the next day you’re lunch. So these crabs don the latest in seaweed outerwear and anemone accessories to blend in.

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails. Lori can be found posting on Threads and sharing photos on Instagram.