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Cancel the Mid-Atlantic Hermit Crab Challenge on July 26!

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Hermit crabs are complex animals who can live over 30 years in their wild natural habitat, the tropical seashore. As social beings, they thrive in large colonies, where they often sleep piled up together. They enjoy climbing, foraging, and exploring and have even been discovered to collaborate in teams to find food. 

Crabs who will be forced to participate and race in the Mid-Atlantic Hermit Crab Challenge on July 26 at the Virginia Beach Boardwalk will be subjected to a hectic, chaotic, and extremely stressful environment, all for our entertainment. The crabs purchased by participants for the challenge have all been plucked from the wild, as land hermit crabs do not breed readily in captivity. After purchase, most hermit crabs do not live for more than a few months to a year. They spend their short captive lives in tiny, barren, arid cages, usually slowly perishing from suffocation because their modified gills require high humidity to breathe. Many are slowly poisoned by chlorinated tap water and the toxic paint adorning their shells. If the Hermit Crab Challenge continues, it will encourage people to purchase hermit crabs as trinkets for a few minutes of fun, unaware of the years-long commitment required for these animals to thrive.

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If the challenge goes on as planned, we'll be lining the boardwalk to educate beach-goers about these complex animals and urge them not to buy a crab to participate. Please join us on July 26 on the beach. RSVP here:!


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