31 Mar '15, 2am

Crabs feel pain, and remember it too [6 years ago] #MongabayHistorical

Crabs feel pain, and remember it too [6 years ago] #MongabayHistorical

Research from Queen's University Belfast has raised new issues about the culinary arts. Long-thought by cooks and diners to be insensible to pain, a new study published in the journal Animal Behavior shows that crabs not only feel pain but remember it well-enough after the sensation has passed to affect their future decisions. According to Dr. Bob Elwood, who headed up the research, the study should bring about changes in how crustaceans like crabs are treated by the fishing and food industries. To determine if crustaceans felt pain, Elwood attached wires to particular shells that would deliver small shocks to the hermit crabs inside the shell. Since hermit crabs do not have an attached shell like many crustaceans—using empty mollusc shells for protection—they are therefore able to abandon the shell at will. Test-subject hermit crab. Photo by Bob Elwood. The hermit crabs w...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2009/0330-hance_crabpain.html

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