The Giant Japanese Spider Crab
The Japanese spider crab, gets its name from its resemblance with a spider, as it has a rounded body with immensely long slim legs. It is one of the largest crab species, measuring up to 12 feet (4 meters) and can live up to 100 years. Its strong shell protects him from predators like octopuses.
This giant marine crab lives in the Pacific Ocean around Japan, inhabiting vents and holes on the ocean floor at depths between 50 meters to 600 meters. Because of the depth at which it is found, it is difficult for men to catch the giant Japanese spider crab, so the species is not widely found commercially and is considered a rare delicacy in Asia.
Why we think this crab is terrifying: have you ever been nipped by a normal-sized crab? It hurts. A giant crab could probably rip your toe off.
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