The crab emerged a vibrant red color. Image Credit: YouTube / SeaWorld San Diego
A Japanese spider crab was caught on film at SeaWorld San Diego shedding its shell like a suit of armor.
With a leg span of up to 18ft - the largest of any arthropod - these gargantuan crustaceans, which are found (as their name suggests) in the ocean off the coast of Japan, are quite the spectacle.
This particular specimen, which is kept at SeaWorld San Diego, was recently captured on camera doing something remarkable - shedding its entire shell.
The process, which took around six hours, saw the creature slowly and carefully squeeze itself out of the top part of the shell, emerging in to the tank a vibrant red color.
Its old shell remained completely intact, making it look as though the crab had duplicated itself.
"It's a perfectly natural occurrence for a spider crab," said aquarium curator Mike Price.
"For us as marine scientists to be able to witness Mother Nature in action in such an impressive way, that's a great day at SeaWorld!"
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Japanese Spider Crab