A resourceful coconut crab on a South Pacific coral atoll chose an old doll's head as its temporary home, much to the horror of much of the internet.

Hermit Crab With Doll's Head Shell Creeps Out The Internet

We can thank (or curse) a Reddit member who goes by the username of jamspangle for the image above. Snapped on tiny Henderson Island, an uninhabited (for good reason!) coral atoll in the Pitcairn Islands group, the photo simply shows a young coconut crab doing what all hermit crabs do: find an empty shell or shell-like object and “wear” it for protection against predators.

In this case, a young crustacean lucked out by finding the only faux-seashell that's sure to deter any and all predators, including humans. As unsettling as this photo is, there's a silver lining to the dark cloud of squeamishness it inspires: coconut crabs stop using protective shells when they mature. That's good for everyone – mature members of the species can reach 3'3” (1m) in length and can weigh up to 9 lbs or 4.1kg. As far as we know, they don't make plastic baby dolls that big. (via UPI)

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