My kelp crab molted last week. The first thing I noticed was that the rose seaweed he had been wearing as a hat, and which by now had grown to almost his full length, was gone. He was hatless.
When he came up to the glass the other day, all clean and now wearing a tiny new hat, I saw another change.
|Newly molted kelp crab|
He has all his legs. For the last couple of months, he has been missing the second to the last legs on either side. Now, with the molt, he has grown them back. They seem to be a bit smaller than the others; usually they decrease in size front to back. That should be fixed with the next molt. If he keeps out of fights.
|Closer. Those eyes!|
The eyes are on stalks, like all crab eyes; these are round, with a slightly astonished look.