Man Witnesses The Phenomenal Molting Of A Tiny Crab Right On His Palm

Facebook page Daily Mail Video recently shared a clip on the social media platform showing how a man witnessed the once-in-a-lifetime molting of a tiny crab right on his palm.

The video, which has already been viewed 109,000 times as of press time, showed the man chancing upon a tiny crab molting its exoskeleton in his hand. 

Crabs, along with other crustaceans, cannot grow in a linear fashion similar to most animals. Since crabs have a hard outer shell called the exoskeleton which does not grow, they ought to shed their shells. This process is called molting. To better understand this phenomenon, it is just like humans outgrowing their clothes. 

During molting, the crab’s soft body becomes exposed, making this process precarious and delicate for the animal.

Molting does not only happen in crabs, but also among birds, reptiles, insects, arachnids, and amphibians.

You can watch how this process goes in the video below.

The man in Daily Mail Video’s clip just bore witness to one of the most crucial moments in a crustacean’s life. 

As the tiny crab started to shed its exoskeleton, you can see how it carefully and methodically wriggled its body out of the tight shell. It had to do it as the exoskeleton had already become too constricting for the animal, limiting its ability to move and grow. 

The man was fortunate enough to witness this moment in a crab’s life. 

Some netizens were fascinated by the video, saying they never knew about molting. 

“I never knew this! Crabs shed?” commented Facebook netizen Karlien Walravens. 

Lindley Agustin

Lindley Agustin

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