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Great Britain: Diver catches giant crab (OF COURSE there are pictures :-))
The Crawley Observer (UK) / Various ^ | July 2, 2008

Posted on 07/04/2008 3:29:36 AM PDT by Stoat

Diver catches giant crab

 
A giant crab with a shell 12in wide has been caught by an Aylesbury diver off the UK coast.
The crustacean, weighing 17lb and with a claw span of 9in, was found by diver Paul Worsley during a recent diving trip in Lyme Regis, Dorset.

Douglas Lanfear, who runs the dive boat Blue Turtle, said he was amazed at the size of the crab.

He said: "It was truly a monster. It was the biggest crab I have ever seen in all my years and there were fishermen who have been working here for 30 years and they said they hadn't seen anything like it.

"The claws were absolutely huge - as big as my hands - and if you got your finger caught, it would take it off."

Mr Lanfear said the crab was caught on the wreck site of the warship the Empress of India, which was sunk off Portland as a gunnery target in 1913.

He said: "It was caught 13 miles off shore, I don't know why it was so big but probably just because of age. It had managed to escape the fishermen somehow and reach this great size - it was big enough to feed 10 people."

In May, a 36in long lobster with claws 8in long and 4in wide was caught by another diver from Mr Lanfear's boat.


TOPICS: Food; Hobbies; Miscellaneous; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: britain; crab; diver; diving; giantcrab; greatbritain; paulworsley; uk; unitedkingdom
Pictured Monster crab with claws the size of a man's hand captured off the British coast Mail Online

 

Claws for concern: Paul Worsley gets to grips with the giant crab he caught in Lyme Regis harbour

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

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The previous largest edible crab on record is in the collection of the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris. Its carapace was 11in wide.

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

Giant crab landed in British waters - Telegraph

Giant crab, landed in British waters by Paul Worsley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Worsley proudly shows off his record catch

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1 posted on 07/04/2008 3:29:37 AM PDT by Stoat
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To: HungarianGypsy; Slings and Arrows; SunkenCiv; pcottraux
crab


2 posted on 07/04/2008 3:31:59 AM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat

Yipes! That’s one brave crabber! Hope it tasted good.


3 posted on 07/04/2008 3:48:57 AM PDT by livius
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To: livius
Yipes! That’s one brave crabber!

Indeed! From the linked Telegraph article:

  • He spotted the crustacean on a boiler on the wreck of the Empress of India, which lies around 160 feet beneath the surface and ten miles off the coast. But the crab was so large that he could barely carry it to the surface.

    It has a claw span of nine inches - big enough to break a man's finger. Mr Worsley added: "It put up quite a fight but I managed to get it in to a bag and attached it to a buoy to lift it to the surface.

I've done some scuba diving in my day, but I'm not so sure that if I were to be diving a wreck and saw something like this crawling around that my first reaction would be: "Yes! I want to take that with me! Come 'ere big guy!"

 

 Hope it tasted good.

For his family and several neighbors perhaps!

Also from the Telegraph:

"It's going to provide a lot of meat - enough to feed at least 10 people."

4 posted on 07/04/2008 4:01:25 AM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat

I caught crabs in England once. They were very tiny though, these buggers would really make you itch.


5 posted on 07/04/2008 4:24:36 AM PDT by Brainhose (No Fro In 08)
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To: Stoat
The thread just cries out for this picture:


6 posted on 07/04/2008 4:33:56 AM PDT by SkyPilot ("I wasn't in church during the time when the statements were made.")
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To: livius

Pass the butter please.:)


7 posted on 07/04/2008 4:51:30 AM PDT by riverrunner
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To: Stoat

And I thought I had a bad case of crabs, once.


8 posted on 07/04/2008 5:05:19 AM PDT by Safetgiver (Lord, I'll give to the poor when they stop wanting to be poor.)
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To: Stoat

I feel a Helen Thomas appearance coming.


9 posted on 07/04/2008 6:51:03 AM PDT by bleach
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To: SkyPilot
Photobucket
10 posted on 07/04/2008 6:51:09 AM PDT by JRios1968 ("If you go over a cliff with all flags flying, you are still going over a cliff"--Ronald Reagan)
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To: Stoat

Hello, breakfast.


11 posted on 07/04/2008 7:33:27 AM PDT by arderkrag (Libertarian Nutcase (Political Compass Coordinates: 9.00, -2.62 - www.politicalcompass.org))
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To: Stoat; martin_fierro
Hey, if people don't like the tuna, they can change the crustacean.
MANGLED GENITALS PING
Thanks Stoat.
12 posted on 07/04/2008 8:28:46 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_________________________Profile updated Friday, May 30, 2008)
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To: Stoat; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
In other news, "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" is missing a host.


13 posted on 07/04/2008 9:15:28 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (~ ~ FREE LAZAMATAZ! ~ ~ [Shipping and handling charges may apply.])
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To: Stoat

Paris Hilton wants that thing back.


14 posted on 07/04/2008 9:17:23 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (~ ~ FREE LAZAMATAZ! ~ ~ [Shipping and handling charges may apply.])
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To: Brainhose

You should have stayed away from Madonna.


15 posted on 07/04/2008 9:19:49 AM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: SkyPilot; JRios1968
Must be FreakinNews won't allow hotlinking.
I was curious, so hope you don't mind if I post it.


16 posted on 07/04/2008 9:38:59 AM PDT by MaryFromMichigan
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To: Slings and Arrows; Stoat
Yep.


17 posted on 07/04/2008 10:23:50 AM PDT by Daffynition
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To: Stoat

I got a bunch of those on Spring Break in Panama City in 1977.


18 posted on 07/04/2008 10:25:13 AM PDT by Crawdad (If you're in a fair fight, your tactics suck.)
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To: Daffynition
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So sorry!  I searched FIVE TIMES before I posted and NOTHING relevant came up.  The search functions used to work so much better around here.

"sigh"

19 posted on 07/04/2008 12:06:40 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: arderkrag
Hello, breakfast.

ZATARAIN'S® Crab & Shrimp Boil - Pre Seasoned (73 oz.)

 

Breakfast of Crab
1648; Oil on canvas; The Hermitage at St. Petersburg

Heda, Willem Claesz. (1593/94-1680/82). Dutch still-life painter, active in Haarlem. He and Pieter Claesz. are the most important representatives of ontbijt (breakfast piece) painting in the Netherlands. His overall grey-green or brownish tonalities are very similar to those of Claesz., but Heda's work was usually more highly finished and his taste was more aristocratic. He showed a preference for ham, mince-meat pie, and oysters, and after 1629 never included a herring in his pictures. His son Gerrit (d. 1702) was his most important pupil.

WebMuseum Heda, Willem Claesz.

20 posted on 07/04/2008 12:23:34 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Thank you very much for pinging your list  :-)

img90/7096/thankyoush6.gif

21 posted on 07/04/2008 12:27:44 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: SunkenCiv
Thanks Stoat.

You're quite welcome  :-)

I hope you won't be offended if I don't join your new pinglist?  Threads of that nature would be rather upsetting to be sent on a regular basis.....

((((shudder))))

22 posted on 07/04/2008 12:31:52 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat
LOL ... no apology necessary ... it's a great story and should be enjoyed far and wide ... "Gaetice depressus!!!"


23 posted on 07/04/2008 12:59:17 PM PDT by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition

Thank you....your perpetual courtesy, grace and congeniality sets a benchmark for all :-)


24 posted on 07/04/2008 3:24:17 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat
Blushing ...
25 posted on 07/04/2008 3:53:51 PM PDT by Daffynition
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To: Stoat
I use to do some diving in Puget Sound. We would take a bag with us to gather crabs we found, which we had a license for, of course.

One critter got a hold of one careless guys finger.

In case you're wondering, you can hear someone scream under water.

26 posted on 07/04/2008 6:19:02 PM PDT by Jotmo (I Had a Bad Experience With the CIA and Now I'm Gonna Show You My Feminine Side - Swirling Eddies)
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To: Daffynition

awww...is that a giant blue-crab and cookie dinner for the stoat?
Why thank you so very much!
And cooked by such a gorgeous lady no less....
“sigh”
what more could I possibly ask for?
Thank you :-)


27 posted on 07/04/2008 8:43:56 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Jotmo

Oh lawdy, that sounds awful!
I’ve done just a little diving in Puget Sound (Tacoma Narrows, Edmonds Underwater Park, San Juan Islands) but never fishing or crabbing...I’d think that an unexpected pinch like that could conceivably end up being lethal if the pinch-ee were to spit out his regulator and y’all were deep enough...not something to do for fun!


28 posted on 07/04/2008 8:48:30 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: SkyPilot
We're still cryin' for that picture.


29 posted on 07/04/2008 8:52:48 PM PDT by bannie
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To: Stoat

HOLY CRABS, BATMAN!

30 posted on 07/04/2008 9:01:30 PM PDT by bannie
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To: Stoat

The truth is, the logo is the product of the fertile (for now) mind of martin_fierro, and I wouldn’t swear to having concockted the idea for such a list (may have been m’s suggestion) in the first place — strictly as a joke. But you’d be surprised at the number of topics which qualify around here...


31 posted on 07/04/2008 10:16:48 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_________________________Profile updated Friday, May 30, 2008)
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Oh wow...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1969981/posts?page=42#42


32 posted on 07/04/2008 10:18:21 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_________________________Profile updated Friday, May 30, 2008)
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To: bannie

You can see it in Post #16.


33 posted on 07/05/2008 2:53:19 AM PDT by SkyPilot ("I wasn't in church during the time when the statements were made.")
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