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Tuesday, 15 February 2011

News Clipping: Weymouth welcomes giant Japanese spider crab

A Japanese spider crab believed to be the biggest seen in Britain has gone on display. Named Crab Kong, he has a claw span of more than 8ft (2.4m), weighs 15kg (33lb) and is 30-40 years old. The male spider crab was caught earlier this month by fishermen in Suruga Bay, south west of Tokyo. The crab is on display at the Weymouth Sea Life Park but will be transferred to a permanent home at a Sea Life centre in Munich, Germany, at Easter.

 READ MORE - Source: BBC News Friday 15th February 2011


Weymouth Sea Life Park have their own 'Crab Kong'

An apt definition of a sea monster would be something of a slimy, scaly, water-spouting serpent, hell-set on dragging sailors to Davey-Jones’ locker. A creature that swallows ships whole, and fearsome enough to make even Captain Jack Sparrow shiver his timbers. But it would appear that here in Dorset, we are a slightly more flexible with the term “monster.” Local legends tell of a beast called the “Shapwick Monster”. The story goes that villagers of Shapwick discovered a strange creature that they had never seen before.

READ MORE - Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Friday 18th February 2011

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