Crab Settled in Plastic Doll Head on Pacific Island

13.09.2017

A photo of coconut crab, which turned the head of the discarded doll into its home, became a symbol of environmental pollution with plastic debris. A creepy shot was made on one of the islands in the Pacific Ocean.

Crab Settled in Plastic Doll Head on Pacific Island

Coconut crab, or palm thieves (Birgus latro) are some of the largest representatives of arthropods. In length, adult individuals reach 40 cm at a weight of up to 4 kilograms. In the early stages of development, these hermit crabs usually use empty shells of mollusks in order to protect themselves from predators. However, the photo is different: the plastic head of the doll has replaced the shell.

Every year the World Ocean gets from 5 to 14 million tons of plastic packaging, toys and other debris. All this accumulates toxins and often causes the death of marine life.