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Record-Breaking Crab Titan Homed in Aquarium
North Devon Journal ^ | Thursday, April 29, 2010

Posted on 05/02/2010 5:29:48 PM PDT by nickcarraway

This monster from the deep is one of the largest edible crab ever caught in the UK — with claws the size of a human fist.

Titan, who packs a 60cm "claw span", was found in a lobster pot belonging to Mylor fisherman Ned Bailey, five miles south east of Falmouth, Cornwall. The chunky crustacean tips the scales at 3.5kg (8 lbs) and has a 26cm (10.2in) shell and a pair of fist-sized claws.

Marine experts believe he may be the largest known living specimen of edible crab in the UK.

Titan will be spared the pot because of his size and has instead gone on display at the Blue Reef Aquarium in nearby Newquay. Matt Slater, curator of the aquarium, said: "Ned called us as he knew Titan was a magnificent specimen.

"You often hear reports of giant crabs and take them with a pinch of salt. However, Titan really is a bit of a monster.

"He's twice as big as any other edible crab we have ever had at the aquarium. His claws alone are absolutely massive!

"He's in fantastic condition and is quite feisty so you do have to take care when handling him. There's no accurate way of working out how old he actually is – but judging on his size alone he must be close to 20 years, if not even older."

Britain's largest species of crab, the edible crab uses its giant claws to crush and tear its prey, which includes a variety of shellfish, including mussels. The crab is also a highly successful scavenger.

Tests have shown that edible crabs' claws have the crushing strength of over 90lb per square inch (PSI). An average person's hand is only capable of squashing with the force of 25PSI.

The largest individual previously caught in the UK was caught in 2008 by a diver at Lyme Bay, Dorset. It weighed 17lb and had a shell width of 12 inches.


TOPICS: Food; Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: crab


1 posted on 05/02/2010 5:29:48 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

That crab is lucky I didn’t catch him because as far as I’m concerned he’d have been great with drawn butter!


2 posted on 05/02/2010 5:32:59 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: nickcarraway

When I see that I only thing about two things - How much meat would 8lbs eat? And, do I need to run to the store to get more butter?


3 posted on 05/02/2010 5:34:06 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: nickcarraway

4 posted on 05/02/2010 5:34:10 PM PDT by One_Upmanship
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5 posted on 05/02/2010 5:40:32 PM PDT by scoobysnak71 (Muhammad, the Pedophile Prophet . Looks like they crucified the wrong guy ...)
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To: One_Upmanship

You're gonna need a bigger pot...

6 posted on 05/02/2010 5:40:57 PM PDT by stormer
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To: chris_bdba

Sacre bleu
What is this?
How on earth could I miss
Such a sweet little succulent crab?
Quel dommage
What a loss
Here we go in the sauce
Now some flour, I think
Just a dab
Now I stuff you with bread
It don’t hurt ‘cause you’re dead
And you’re certainly lucky you are
‘Cause it’s gonna be hot
In my big silver pot
Toodle loo mon poisson
Au revoir!


7 posted on 05/02/2010 5:42:13 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway

A crab bit me once.

I was probably 8 or 10, something like that. My dad, my uncle, and my brother all told me not to tease the crabs in the bucket (we had caught them all*), but I didn’t obey. One of the crabs grabbed my finger and it hurt like mad.

They didn’t have to warn me again.

* We caught them the usual way. String, bait, net on pole.


8 posted on 05/02/2010 5:43:53 PM PDT by savedbygrace (Rev 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord)
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To: nickcarraway; shibumi
Invasion of the Hippo Crabs!


9 posted on 05/02/2010 5:45:15 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: scoobysnak71

10 posted on 05/02/2010 5:46:55 PM PDT by One_Upmanship
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To: stormer
LOL


11 posted on 05/02/2010 5:48:11 PM PDT by One_Upmanship
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To: savedbygrace

12 posted on 05/02/2010 5:49:06 PM PDT by One_Upmanship
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To: Joe 6-pack

LOL!


13 posted on 05/02/2010 5:54:57 PM PDT by Republic (Stop the horrific liberals from spending ONE MORE DIME before they destroy our nation.)
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To: nickcarraway

Crabzilla!


14 posted on 05/02/2010 5:55:09 PM PDT by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: One_Upmanship

Now I have to go back into therapy. Thanks a lot.


15 posted on 05/02/2010 6:07:57 PM PDT by savedbygrace (Rev 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord)
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To: One_Upmanship

what kind of damage would those pinchers do?


16 posted on 05/02/2010 6:19:28 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (3V3Ry71N' 084M4 D03z 83N3f17Z MU5l1mz. c01NC1d3nc3?)
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature

Dr. Martha ‘Marti’ Hunter: “But Doctor, that theory doesn’t explain why Jules’ and Carson’s minds have turned against us.”

Dale Brewer: “Preservation of the species. Once they were men. Now they are land crabs.”

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050147/


17 posted on 05/02/2010 6:31:55 PM PDT by CTyank
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To: dfwgator

C’est Brilliant, Mon Ami!


18 posted on 05/02/2010 6:44:18 PM PDT by left that other site (Your Mi'KMaq Paddy Whacky Bass Playing Biker Buddy)
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To: nickcarraway


19 posted on 05/02/2010 6:48:07 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: scoobysnak71
Where's the crab?


20 posted on 05/02/2010 6:53:27 PM PDT by mcmuffin (Keep your powder and tobacco dry)
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To: mcmuffin

I can tell by looking at her...don’t haggle with her she will only nipple and dime you!


21 posted on 05/02/2010 6:56:23 PM PDT by surfer (To err is human, to really foul things up takes a Democrat, don't expect the GOP to have the answer!)
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To: nickcarraway

Two words. Old Bay.

22 posted on 05/02/2010 6:59:18 PM PDT by RoadKingSE (How do you know that the light at the end of the tunnel isn't a muzzle flash ?)
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To: scoobysnak71

All at once men!!!!!!! NOT GUILTY!


23 posted on 05/02/2010 7:37:17 PM PDT by crazydad (What)
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To: mcmuffin

>”Where’s the crab?”

I was wondering the same thing!


24 posted on 05/02/2010 7:39:29 PM PDT by scoobysnak71 (Muhammad, the Pedophile Prophet . Looks like they crucified the wrong guy ...)
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To: GSP.FAN

Ping to post #9.

They’re EVERYWHERE!


25 posted on 05/02/2010 8:35:18 PM PDT by shibumi (Pablo (the Wily One) signed up for the "Hippo Attack" ping list!)
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To: nickcarraway

“Homed” ?


26 posted on 05/03/2010 4:40:18 AM PDT by arthurus ("If you don't believe in shooting abortionists, don't shoot an abortionist." -Ann C.)
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To: arthurus

I guess it’s kind of Anglicism, but honestly I don’t remember seeing it before. They have one definition specifically for animals.


27 posted on 05/03/2010 10:25:20 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
You often hear reports of giant crabs and take them with a pinch of salt.

I prefer melted butter.

28 posted on 05/03/2010 10:54:05 AM PDT by Godzilla (3-7-77)
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