Known as the largest species of crab in the world, one lucky Japanese spider crab was recently saved from his destination at a fish market and exported to Britain. Affectionately named “Big Daddy,” the 2.7 meter (8.9 feet) crab has become the largest on exhibit at the Blackpool Sea Life Centre.
While the spider crab would certainly have made someone a large, appetizing meal in Japan, Big Daddy has just finished a several month stint in the U.K.‘s quarantine and has been moved to his home at the aquarium. Sea Life general manager Jenn Newton says they are excited for the new arrival, and that he will join a female Japanese spider crab already at the exhibit.
As the largest species of crab, they are most often found in the deep waters off Japan’s main island of Honshu. Newton mentions that they have been known to reach a claw span of 3.65 meters (12 feet), or long enough to straddle a car. They survive by eating dead fish and smaller crustaceans, and can live to be over 100 years old, much like some record-setting Japanese humans in the headlines recently. As the crabs are used to living so deep, they require water that is extremely cold. As a result, the Blackpool Sea Life Centre had to redo its plumbing for the tank just to get cold enough water for the spider crabs.
[via First News]