Giant Hermit Crab

We took a group of kids out to Ohshima Island, which is a 30-minute boat trip from our nearest port. Everyone was playing in the shallow sea and on the beach when one of the kids called me over because she had found a hermit crab (yadokari). She said it was a big one, but I just couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw it. The thing was enormous. I didn’t even know hermit crabs grew that big. In fact, we don’t often see shells that size, so this crab must have drifted from someplace else (in a storm maybe). Anyway, the Japanese people in our group wanted to eat it (typical!!), but I waded out into the sea and released it in what looked like a suitable location. I hope that it survives and gets even bigger!

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5 Responses to Giant Hermit Crab

  1. Earl Barry says:

    Hi Nigel and Co. Nice yadokari and great website!! I just found you while looking to see if my own new site came up on google!! I too in the English business – teaching at an elementary school in Okinawa City. AND since I came here 3 years ago, I’ve developed a serious thing for yadokari which are ???????????????????}???????????????????here. They are such cool litte critters. My aim is to film the shell changing process – which is quite fun to watch. I also hope to get down to Ishigaki again and follow around some Giant Robber Crabs to see what they get up to.
    Well – you guys obviously enjoy your Kyushu nature – keep up the good work. Is it OK if I link to your site on mine?
    -Earl

  2. Nigel says:

    Hi there Earl,
    Lucky you, living in Okinawa!
    Please feel free to link your site to mine.
    I’m looking forward to seeing your pictures/video of the yadokari & robber crabs (which I’ve never seen).
    All the best,
    Nigel

  3. Brittanie says:

    I love hermit crabs and I own them! But that thing is HUUUUUUUUUUUGE! I wanna go to Japan someday and see all the wildlife. I’m a nature freak! Nice blog check out mine!

  4. Nigel says:

    Hi Brittanie,
    Thanks for your message.
    Yup, it was a huge hermit crab. We were so surprised to find it.
    Hope you make it out to Japan in the future.
    Do you have pictures of your hermit crabs on your blog? I couldn’t find them.
    Bye for now,
    Nigel

  5. Nikki says:

    Man I would love a hermit crab that large. Though I suppose I’d have to get a bigger tank then. Mine is… 20 gallon? Which is pretty big for a hermit crab tank, but not really so much for one like that. They are such amazing little creatures. I have so much fun watching them run around like crazy on my floor when I let them out, and one of them is so adorable when he is eating hi hermit crab cookies. He can’t get enough!

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