Printed Shell Adoption! – Project Shellter

Posted by on Thursday, December 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

Kendall Karshellian adopted a printed shell!

After nearly 2 months of ongoing experimentation by the Project Shellter teams, on Wednesday December 07, 2011 at approximately 04:23 PM PST at the Shellter West crabitat in Los Angeles, Kendall adopted a printed shell!

Similar to the shells suggested by hermit crab caretaker and commentator wodosorel, the shell is modeled on that of the Oxystele sinensis sea snail.

Watch the entire fascinating process as she examines, switches, and adopts a 3D printed shell!

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Got red/blue anaglyph glasses? Click the “3D” below the playback bar to see it happen in the third dimension!

Follow, share and contribute to help save hermit crabs by keeping natural shells in the wild! Use the hashtag #shellter or the shellter tag to let others know you are participating in this crowd-sourced science experiment!:

This guest post is part of Project Shellter

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6 Comments so far

  • Kate
    December 8, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Woo Hoo!

  • Annelise
    December 8, 2011 at 9:58 am

    So exciting Miles! This is great news!

  • eagleapex
    December 8, 2011 at 10:05 am

    But I can’t see what’s going on at all. Maybe some narration? Annotations? Editing? Where does the old shell go at the end?

  • Miles
    December 8, 2011 at 4:03 pm


    She apparently buried her existing shell then emerged to examine the printed one. I’m going to put the last two or three days of video online so that everyone can see what led up to this. Crowd-sourced science FTW!

    Yes some annotation is a good idea. I’ll see what I can do.


  • The Shellter Project | A-roving I will go
    December 13, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    […] it’s working! Watch a video of a crab inspecting and then moving into a printed shell here. It seems to me that the artificial shell is a tad small, but it’s a […]

  • Project Shellter « Christopher Olah's Blog
    December 22, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    […] has a more thorough blog post, with a video of the shell being adopted. GA_googleAddAttr("AdOpt", "1"); […]


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