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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.

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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: Larry Lucido


Man Hands
41 posted on 07/03/2008 7:15:48 AM PDT by rdax
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To: Daffynition

Yipe yipe yipe! He’s definitely going to have to be caught in soft shell stage!


42 posted on 07/03/2008 7:16:30 AM PDT by gardengirl
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To: SouthDixie

With or without butter? ;-)


43 posted on 07/03/2008 7:42:18 AM PDT by spotbust1 (Procrastinators of the world unite . . . . .tomorrow!!!)
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To: Daffynition
Two words...


44 posted on 07/03/2008 7:45:26 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: Daffynition

Neither have I. :>)) Nasty.


45 posted on 07/03/2008 7:56:09 AM PDT by JackDanielsOldNo7 (On guard until the seal is broken)
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To: Charles Martel

I’m not aware of HMS Empress of India. I’ll have to check out the history of that Wreck. My first thought when “dive-able battleship wrecks” entered into it was the German WW1 dreadnoughts in Scapa Flow. Some of those wrecks were raised, others have been partially salvaged, but a few are still there. They are a diver attraction.


46 posted on 07/03/2008 7:59:28 AM PDT by Tallguy (Tagline is offline till something better comes along...)
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To: Charles Martel

Whew! That’s a pretty deep wreck for my taste. 150fsw, give or take. If I had seen a crab that big I would be certain that I was narc’ed & if I still had my wits about me I’d be terminating the dive. This guy (assuming it was this wreck) decides to wrestle with that crab? I don’t know if he was incredibly brave or just foolish (& lucky).


47 posted on 07/03/2008 8:10:01 AM PDT by Tallguy (Tagline is offline till something better comes along...)
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To: jwparkerjr

I have had people tell me the same thing about some of the catfish I catch. Guess what, they don’t live forever. Better it is harvested and eaten than for it to die of old age. And yes, catfish taste just as good at 60 pounds as they do at 6.


48 posted on 07/03/2008 8:10:28 AM PDT by eastforker (Get-R-Done and then Bring-Em- Home)
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To: Daffynition

Put this bad boy in a museum or aquarium. It’d be cool to just see this thing alive.


49 posted on 07/03/2008 9:11:01 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: eastforker
Iknow what you're saying is quite true and the practical side of me agrees 100%. At the same time the emotional side of me feels badly when something as unique as this looses its battle.

I am not in any way condemning the man who caught the crab, and certainly not suggesting big catfish should not adorn the tables of America. Just my feminine side or something.

Thanks for the info about catfish and their size and taste. I've wondered before if fish lose anything as they get bigger.

50 posted on 07/03/2008 10:05:20 AM PDT by jwparkerjr (Sigh . . .)
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To: Hatteras
..............plus.........


51 posted on 07/03/2008 12:25:51 PM PDT by Daffynition
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