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Giant 15lb Tasmanian crab saved from the pot

Posted on Wednesday, 2 May, 2012 | Comment icon 18 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

Image credit: CC 2.0 Aaron Gustafson

A massive crab has been rescued by a fisherman and is now on its way to a British aquarium.

Nicknamed Claude, the giant Tasmanian crab weighs 15lbs and measures 15 inches across despite not even being fully grown yet. After a 29-hour plane flight and a two week period in quarantine, Claude and two of his fellows will go on display at the Sea Life centre in Weymouth where he will be the largest crab on display in the country.

"They are such impressive creatures we thought that it was worth the cost and effort of flying them halfway round the world so they can flourish in an aquarium display," said head Marine biologist for Sea Life Rob Hicks. "The crabs donít eat very much despite being one of the largest species and they will feed on shrimp, prawns, and squid when they are here."

"He was destined for the pot Ė if they had found one big enough to fit."

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Comment icon #9 Posted by Cainiac999 on 2 May, 2012, 12:32
Quote: ["Claude weighs a mighty 15lbs and measures 15 inches wide and would have produced 20lbs worth of meat"] How can something weighing 15 pounds produce 20 pounds of meat?
Comment icon #10 Posted by Kryso on 2 May, 2012, 13:28
Wow, £3,000 for a crab!
Comment icon #11 Posted by pallidin on 2 May, 2012, 15:47
Dang, that's one big crab. I read in the article that the Japanese spider crab is even larger. In any event impressive pics!
Comment icon #12 Posted by FlyingAngel on 2 May, 2012, 18:32
saved or imprisoned???
Comment icon #13 Posted by Biggz on 2 May, 2012, 19:30
Now that's what I call a bad case of crabs.
Comment icon #14 Posted by mattryan209 on 2 May, 2012, 20:26
Holy smokes!. Why does that women dare put her hand next to those freakishly massive claws?! That crab looks like it could take her whole arm off it wanted to.
Comment icon #15 Posted by The Unseen on 3 May, 2012, 2:21
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah,Quick wheres the Butter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Comment icon #16 Posted by csspwns on 3 May, 2012, 3:10
it would taste good if eaten i bet
Comment icon #17 Posted by King Fluffs on 3 May, 2012, 14:47
I want to befriend him. We will go on magical adventures together...
Comment icon #18 Posted by kaptn k on 9 May, 2012, 23:28
Quote: ["Claude weighs a mighty 15lbs and measures 15 inches wide and would have produced 20lbs worth of meat"] How can something weighing 15 pounds produce 20 pounds of meat? Maybe they meant, he could've produced 20lbs. worth of a dinner when you add in all the side dishes. mashed potato, bread sticks, cake and whatever else people eat with crab dinners (never having had a crab dinner myself).

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