That Thing Could Take An Arm Off!: 15-Pound GIANT Crab

May 3, 2012


This is Claude. Claude is a 15-pound Monster Tasmanian Crab recently caught off the shores of (you'll never guess!) Tasmania that was on his way to an industrial-size steamer before being bought by a British Aquarium for £3,000 (~$4,800). Claude's shell is 15-inches across and it's estimated he's large enough to make 160 crabcakes BUT WILL CONTINUE TO GROW until he's almost 30 pounds and another three inches wide. That's almost big enough to ride into battle against the sharks!

In the wild, crabs eat any dead or dying matter they find on the seabed but Claude is currently dining on diced mackerel and squid and is reportedly very happy with his gourmet diet.

Rob Hicks, head marine biologist for Sea Life, said: 'They are such impressive creatures we thought that it was worth the cost and effort of flying them halfway round the world so they can flourish in an aquarium display.

Jemma Battrick, aquarist at Weymouth Sea Life said: 'When I found out we were getting the crabs in I was really excited.'

Jemma Battrick, ladies and gentlemen: she was really excited to get the crabs. Me? Not so much.*scratching* $29 hotel rooms: sometimes you come home with more than just saved money in your pocket.

Hit the jump for several more shots of the beast.





Thanks to Queenoftheseas, who promised me a fried fisherman's feast if I was good this week. OMG -- with hushpuppies?!

  • John Wilkins

    I emailed the Weymouth Aquarium and asked what had happened to Claude... This was the reply....

    Thank you for your interest in our dear friend Claude.

    I am sorry to say we lost Claude back in 2013. After his long flight he faced several health issues. We miss him terribly! I have attached a photo of our old friend for you to enjoy as much as we do.

    Thanks for your email.


  • Macabuag Joey


  • Egg ChAn 1979

    feed me!

  • Guest

    we're gonna need more butter sauce!

  • I'm happy that instead of eating it or dissecting it they are displaying it in an aquarium.
    They should have done the same with that 500 year old clam. I'll never understand why curiosity of the ocean's giants has always been more important that the life of the creature.
    ... he does look tasty though.

  • LittleBigFace

    Who would win?

    Micheal Clarke Duncan


    Claude The Crab

  • Man I'd love to eat claude...

  • thatcando

    he looks so wise! i would make him my sifu !

  • April Watkins


  • Fart_Barfunkle

    Bet it gives a mean handjibber.

  • oh the horror. For a half sec i thought the entry-picture shows a blood splattered boy with crabarms.

  • Emmitt Morgans

    Looks like the Pokemon love song girl definitely caught a Krabby.

  • Mr. Roboto

    I'd eat it.

  • Dinosaur Rex


  • It really looks like the person's head and body in that first image don't match up

  • Agreed.  At first I thought she was wearing the crab as a costume.

  • MACRA!

  • Emmitt Morgans


  • Nathan Taylor

    Attack it's weak point for massive damage!

  • Nathan Taylor

    Attack it's weak point for massive damage!

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