National Geographic : 1942 Nov
The Submarine Grenadier ACRAB OF THE INDIAN OCEAN, Aelia tessellata, has feeble claws, ill-suited for defense. He isn't a particularly large crab either, nor does he have an extremely hard shell. And his enemies are many. Hordes of hungry fish hunt food in the coral reefs where this crab makes his home. These undersea raiders have strong teeth, and they like crabmeat. But those, who seek to make a meal of Melia tessellata, discover to their pain that he travels armed. In each of his feeble claws, he carries something that serves as a hand grenade. It is a sea anemone and it can deliver a very painful sting. When the crab is going to be attacked, these living weapons warn the foe away. Then, if the warning is ignored, the aggressor feels the sting ing tentacles of the anemones. So Aelia tessellata is left pretty much alone, and thrives amidst many dangers. The stinging anemones give him the protection his own phys ical makeup lacks. Ingenious as this protective device is, however, it is feeble in comparison to man's. Man has not only developed countless wea- pons for protection from the many dangers that threaten him, but he has even found a way to keep the accidents he can't escape, from costing him a lot of money and worry. This device is called accident insurance. Suppose a speeding car knocks you down as you cross the street; or a rug slides out from un der you and you break a leg. Accident insurance will pay your doctor and hospital bills. It will care for your family while you are laid up and unable to earn a dollar. These expenses, particu larly when an accident puts you on the shelf for weeks or even months, are almost always heavy, and can easily run into thousands of dollars. Any well-planned insurance program should give you protection from unexpected accidents. In planning this program, you'll find the expe rience and training of your Travelers agent or your insurance broker a great help. He'll be glad to sit down with you and work out a common sense plan that fits your personal needs. Moral: Insure in The Travelers. All forms of insurance. The Travelers Insurance Company, The Travelers Indemnity Company, The Travelers Fire Insurance Company, Hartford, Connecticut.