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Wakatobi‘s reefs are home to some strange critters, and one of the most-endearing is the so-called pom pom crab.

Pom pom crabs are clever little crustaceans that cultivate a pair of tiny anemones on their claws, giving themselves the appearance of pom pom wielding cheerleaders.

The resemblance becomes especially vivid when the crab strikes a defensive position and begins waving its stinging anemones about as if leading the crowd in a halftime cheer.

Pom pom crab in full cheerleading mode
Walt Stearns
Walt Stearns
Editor for Scuba Diver Magazine's North America edition, Walt Stearns, has been involved in the diving industry for more than 30 years. As one of the most prolific photojournalists in diving media Walt’s articles and images have appeared in a wide range of national and international diving, water sports and travel titles.
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