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Photo of the Week: Underwater Fireworks

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Sea life can be as breathtaking as this week's aerial displays.

Hermit Crab and Sea Anemone

Posted July 7, 2013. Photo courtesy of ABQ BioPark.

In spirit of the Fourth of July, this giant red hermit crab seems dressed in patriotic style with a dazzling sea anemone on its back. The sea anemone’s pink tentacles shimmer like fireworks in the night sky.

Sea anemones fasten themselves to all kinds of hard surfaces, including shells and turtles’ backs. Some hermit crab species stick anemones onto their shells and benefit from protection of the animals’ fiery stinging tentacles. In return, each anemone gets a free mobile home with plenty of leftovers from its crab.

Celebrate the Fourth of July at the ABQ BioPark Aquarium and meet many more aquatic animals, including sharks, stingrays and hundreds of colorful tropical fish. Interact with crabs at the Touchpool (open when volunteer schedules allow), or have a bite at the Shark Reef Café.

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