Louisville professor works to provide 'shelter' for homeless hermit crabs

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Posted on April 11, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 11 at 10:23 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Bellarmine University teacher is doing her part to help homeless hermit crabs.

Katherine Bulinski, assistant professor of geosciences at Bellarmine University, is spending her spring break building her own 3-D printer so she can print out 3-D plastic shells for hermit crabs.

It's part of a program called "Project Shellter."

Bulinski said many hermit crabs in the wild have trouble finding shells that fit correctly And shells are constantly being taken out of nature to be used for pet hermit crabs.

 “So the kind of shells that the hermit crabs find are damaged and not the right shape and size, so if we are able to print out our own fake shells, we can use them for pet hermit crabs instead of taking natural shells from their environment,” Bulinski said.
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Bulinski said the fake hermit crab shells are being tested in New York and Los Angeles and some of the hermit crabs have chosen to adopt the plastic shells.

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