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Human noise may distract animals

Tests with boat sounds finds hermit crabs less attentive

6:49pm, February 16, 2010

Hermit crabs don’t send text messages while scurrying, but human technology may be distracting them all the same.

When boat noise roared over a beach, the crabs weren’t as quick as usual to hide inside their shells to avoid a potential predator, says behavioral ecologist Daniel T. Blumstein of UCLA.

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