HP Lovecraft's worst nightmare. I'd love to check this thing out in person reminds me I still have to visit the Smithsonian and Mutter Museum.
Thanks to Jay (invisibilitycomplex.blogspot.com) for forwarding this to me.
The crabs are commonly found in the Pacific in 1,000 ft (300m) deep waters but have been known to live deeper. Curator Graham Burrows said: "It is rumoured these crabs can grow as big as four metres, big enough to straddle a car. "He will absolutely dwarf the other crabs in there, but he's not aggressive and they should have nothing to worry about."
The Japanese spider crab has long captured the imagination of sea life-lovers, and you can see why--underwater, the sinister-looking thing looks like the source for any number of horror or sci fi move creatures. With 10 legs, believed to live up to 100 years, and the biggest of them believed to be lurking at depths over 2,000 feet, few creatures retain as much mystique as the spider crab.