Call for shell donations as Thailand's hermit crabs face housing crisis

Hermit crab numbers in southern Thailand have boomed as foreign tourists have stayed away — so much so that the national park authority appealed on Friday for the public to donate extra shells for them to live in.The population of the crustaceans — which protect themselves by wearing and living inside the discarded shells of other animals — has exploded on some islands in the Mu Koh Lanta National Park, and marine biologists believe the lack of tourists could be a factor.The kingdom’s economy is highly dependent on foreign visitors but it is expecting a tiny fraction of the nearly 40 millio…

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