the best gif i ever seen
okay now ive seen it all. im deleting
I honestly hope I get hit by a bus today
Guys, this is called ecdysis. Every crustacean on the face of the planet does it. They begin to get too large for their exoskeleton, so they molt, or shed, their outer shell as shown here. It’s very rare to see it occur, however, because crustaceans do this in hiding. They’re very vulnerable when they emerge because their new exoskeleton hasn’t hardened yet, so they need to make sure no predators find them in this state since they’re such easy pickings. Also, this GIF is sped up immensely. Normally this process takes hours, so what you’re seeing here doesn’t happen nearly this quickly. There’s your biology lesson for the day, carry on.
Damn you Tumblr.