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Monster Tasmanian giant crab now at British aquarium

By Shane Graber - Posted May 04, 2012 10:00 AM
Affectionately named "Claude," this gigantic 15 inch wide, 15 pound Tasmanian giant crab was recently saved from the cooking pot and sold to a British aquarium by the fishermen who caught him. When cooked, he would have produced up to 160 delicious crab cakes!
Monster Tasmanian giant crab now at British aquarium

Tasmanian King Crab proudly displayed by Sealife aquarist Jemma Battric.

Here's some interesting statistics about this monster:

  • Biggest crab on display in Britian
  • Measures 15 inches wide
  • Weighs 15 pounds
  • Underwent a 29 hour plane flight from Tasmania to Great Britian
  • He is still a juvenile!

Tasmanian giant crabs, Pseudocarcinus gigas, can reach up to 29 pounds and measure 18 inches across when fully grown. This "little guy" will double his weight and increase in width by 3 inches before he reaches adulthood. That's a big crab!

Claude will go on display this Thursday at Sea Life Centre in Weymouth, Dorset, Great Britian.  If he does well there, Claude's two Tasmanian giant crab companions will go on display at aquariums in Birmingham and Berlin.

Right now, Claude is in quarantine in a 10 ft tall by 6 ft wide tank and is dining on diced mackerel and squid until his debut on Thursday.

(via MailOnline)

Author: Shane Graber
Location: Indiana

Shane has kept saltwater tanks for the last 12 years, is a research scientist, lives in northern Indiana, and is a proud Advanced Aquarist staffer.


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