Born To House Hunt

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Born to House Hunt

On today’s Creation Moments Minute, you’ll meet a creature that is very fussy about the home it chooses to live in.


Hermit crabs never seem completely happy with the shell they have chosen for their home. They are constantly trying on new shells.

Obviously there is more to this story than just the fussiness of the hermit crab. God gave hermit crabs the ability to sense calcium – the stuff of which the strongest shells are made. Hermit crabs can even sense dissolved calcium from buried shells. Research shows that a hermit crab favors shells that have the most calcium, as long as it’s a comfortable fit.

If hermit crabs were unable to find the shells with the most calcium, their lives would be in danger. We would do well to apply the lesson of the hermit crab ourselves by learning to use the talents God has given us for our own safety.

For Creation Moments Minute dot com, I’m Darren Marlar.


Ref: “Hermit Crab Goes House-Hunting.” 1982. Science News, Mar. 6, p. 153.

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