This pale anemone crab is one of three crab species in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands that invite the soft-bodied animals to piggyback on their shells. The stinging anemones discourage the crabs's predators from attacking and are given a free ride in exchange.
National Geographic Explorer-In-Residence Sylvia Earle said the National Geographic book Archipelago was among the influences that led U.S. President Bush to designate the region a national monument. In fact, in announcing the designation, Bush thanked Earle, noting that she gave him "a pretty good lecture about life."
The new national monument will be managed by the U.S. Department of the Interiors Fish and Wildlife Service and the Commerce Departments National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.