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Monster crab with claws the size of a man's hand captured off the British coast
Daily Mail ^ | 03rd July 2008 | staff reporter

Posted on 07/03/2008 5:39:11 AM PDT by Daffynition

It lurked in the wreck of an old battleship 160ft below the surface – a true monster of the deep.

Diver Paul Worsley could hardly believe the size of the giant crab he found in Lyme Bay, off the Dorset coast.

Careful to avoid its fearsome claws, he managed to get it into a bag and raise it to the surface.

For his efforts, he can congratulate himself on capturing what experts believe is the biggest edible crab ever landed.

It weighed 17lb and had a shell width of 12in while each of its massive claws was as big as a man's hand.

[SNIP]

Unfortunately, Mr Worsley's crab will not be displayed in any museum. A friend has eaten it.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Pets/Animals; Science
KEYWORDS: battleship; crabs; monsters
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To: Daffynition

I’ll bet at that size and age it didn’t taste all that good. I’d rather have kept it and bred it so we had lots of other giant delicious young crabs, rather than killed it.


21 posted on 07/03/2008 6:07:00 AM PDT by ottbmare
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To: ottbmare

Hmmm... crab ranching.


22 posted on 07/03/2008 6:10:41 AM PDT by EricT. (The tree of liberty needs to be watered...)
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To: Daffynition

I’m not swimming on that beach. Yikes.


23 posted on 07/03/2008 6:10:51 AM PDT by DemonDeac
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To: Daffynition

A fun place to eat in Myrtle Beach. The Giant Crab.

24 posted on 07/03/2008 6:12:06 AM PDT by JackDanielsOldNo7 (On guard until the seal is broken)
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To: jwparkerjr

its food.


25 posted on 07/03/2008 6:14:24 AM PDT by envisio (If you ain't laughin yet... you ain't seen me naked. 8^O)
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To: Daffynition

Mr. Worsley looks darn tastey too.


26 posted on 07/03/2008 6:19:38 AM PDT by SouthDixie (We are but angels with one wing, it takes two to fly.)
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To: mass55th; truemiester
"What Battleship?"

HMS Empress of India, most likely.

27 posted on 07/03/2008 6:20:34 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Liberals are the crab grass in the lawn of life.)
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To: ottbmare

As with lobsters, the larger they are, the tougher the meat, and a kind of rangy taste/smell, as opposed to the sweet taste of a smaller version. ;-D

...I’m having withdrawal symptoms talking about it ... gotta have lobstas this weekend!


28 posted on 07/03/2008 6:23:11 AM PDT by Daffynition
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To: ottbmare

I’m with you - that old guy probably tasted all kinds of bitter and nasty. Better to have him live the rest of his life out as a ‘stud crab.’ And raise more crabs for the pot.


29 posted on 07/03/2008 6:26:15 AM PDT by SoftballMominVA
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To: JackDanielsOldNo7

I never caught on to the affection of the soft-shelled crabs you guys have down there.

We’ll be fishing for bluecrabs in NE soon ... yummmmmmmmmmmmmmm!


30 posted on 07/03/2008 6:26:46 AM PDT by Daffynition
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31 posted on 07/03/2008 6:27:50 AM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (Gov. Granholm=Garbage)
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To: jwparkerjr
"Crabs Walk Sideways”. Anyone remember that"

No, but I do remember *I Yelled Fire When I Fell Into the Chocolate.*

32 posted on 07/03/2008 6:30:07 AM PDT by Deaf Smith
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To: Deaf Smith

Crabs walk sideways was all about a lobster that falls in love with a crab. The parents, on both sides, are aghast. Sorta like a “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” in an underwater setting. They tell them they’ll never make it and list a bunch of reasons, but the ending reason is always, “crabs walk sideways, lobsters walk straight.”

Very good satire!


33 posted on 07/03/2008 6:38:46 AM PDT by jwparkerjr (Sigh . . .)
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To: RckyRaCoCo
LOL ...nice one!


34 posted on 07/03/2008 6:49:42 AM PDT by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition

crabs in Nebraska?


35 posted on 07/03/2008 6:53:12 AM PDT by rahbert
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To: Daffynition

Ummmm! Fried spiders! That’s what my kids have called fried soft crabs since they were little!


36 posted on 07/03/2008 6:58:10 AM PDT by gardengirl
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37 posted on 07/03/2008 7:09:06 AM PDT by Daffynition
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To: rahbert
crabs in Nebraska?

Don't ask...

38 posted on 07/03/2008 7:11:33 AM PDT by null and void (every Muslim, the minute he can differentiate, carries hate of Americans, Jews & Christians - OBL)
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39 posted on 07/03/2008 7:14:24 AM PDT by Siberian-psycho (An oppressed class which did not try to possess arms, would deserve to be treated as slaves." Lenin)
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To: Daffynition
Democrats today released a statement decrying the unfairness of some crabs getting so large while millions of smaller crabs are stuck in an environment of diminishing resources. Big Crab is taking more than it's fair share and must be taxed at a higher rate to ensure fair distribution of crab food sources. Alternatively the crab can buy crab food credits from Al Gore. No longer can Big Crab be allowed to contribute to Global Warming with no balancing mechanisms in place, said Gore. Thousands of scientists have concurred that crab caused global warming(called crabal warming) will wipe out the world by 2025 unless these scientists receive millions of dollars in grants immediately. Asked for comment on this crisis, a crabal warming denier said, pass the butter.
40 posted on 07/03/2008 7:15:32 AM PDT by dblshot
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