Crab Encounters of the First Kind!

We have an encounter!

Mashing up J. Allen Hynek’s famous UFO encounter taxonomy, with Dr. Bulinski’s shell assesment guidelines, we have Crab Encounters!

  • Crab Encounter of the First Kind: Examination
  • Crab Encounter of the Second Kind: Switching
  • Crab Encounter of the Third Kind: Adoption


Last night an encounter of the first kind happened! Kourtney Karshellian examined a 70% sized ABS Prototype Shell 01 (Wednesday November 02, 2011 at 03:15:00 AM PDT) and here’s the video evidence:

Not to be outdone, Kourtney’s sister Khloe, spent even more time examining the shell later in the morning (Wednesday November 02, 2011 at 11:09:00 AM PDT):

So in one 8 hour period two encounters of the first kind happened! Prototype Shell 01 is being recognized as a shell!

Who can design a shell that will result in an encounter of the second kind? Upload your designs to Thingiverse, tag them with shellter and we’ll print them on a Thing-O-Matic and find out!

One more thing, install the video feed bookmarklets and watch the ShellterEast and ShellterWest crabitats live. Maybe you’ll be the first to see the next crab encounter!

This guest post is part of Project Shellter.