Decorator Crabs Make High Fashion at Low Tide

New York, Paris, Milan ... and now, high fashion in a California tide pool! Junior zoologists explore the world of the decorator crab and learn about its amazing camouflage. Also featured is the moss crab, which incorporates anemone into its outfit.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Show the video to give pupils examples of animal adaptations and symbiotic relationships
  • Need an extension? Dig deeper into the other organisms in the decorator crab's habitat
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires some understanding of ecological relationships

  • Close-up footage of the crab and its attire help pupils see the physical adaptation at work
  • The narrator makes the video both fun and interesting

  • None
Common Core