Mark your calendars down for the 20th of September for International Coastal Cleanup Day. Donate a couple hours to helping to clean up the beaches and waterways of litter both above and below the waters surface. In my own area there will be at least three separate efforts including one sponsored by the University's EcoHusky and diving clubs. Other local efforts are being sponsored by the local nature center and the Mystic Aquarium.
To find out what groups are organizing in your area you can register as a volunteer, or contact your local US coordinator (pdf) or international coordinator (pdf) directly.
A hermit crab found Alex and I found on Southwater Caye in Belize using a bottle cap as a shell. Of course this is indicative of a two fold problem.
#1 - a lack of available size-appropriate shells caused in part by increased shell collecting
#2 - too much trash available
Classification of the Caribbean Hermit or Tree-Climbing Crab:
- Coenobita clypeatus
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