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  Crab fitted out with glass shell
Updated 23 April 2004, 18.25
Newquay Blue Reef Aquarium
A hermit crab from Cornwall is getting ready to move into a swanky new shell.

Hermit crabs are unusual because their bodies are not totally protected by a shell. They steal other creatures' shells to keep themselves safe.

The crab, from the Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay, was on the lookout for a new shell, so the aquarium presented him with a man-made glass one.

"He's showing a keen interest in the new shell and we reckon he'll swap over in a day or so," aquarium staff said.

"Crabs are always on the lookout for a better shell and, from his point of view, the glass version clearly looks more attractive."

At the moment, the crab is clad in a whelk shell, but his new look promises to be out of this world.

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