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Talk about crablegs! These are the biggest!

Feeling crabby? Not nearly as crabby as a giant crustacean that weighs up to 44 pounds! The Japanese spider crab gets its name from its eight legs, each so long that a pair can span up to 18 feet from tip to tip. Its body only grows up to 15 inches wide. The Japanese name for the species is taka-ashi-gani, which means “tall legs crab,” a marine crab found in the waters around Japan that has the largest leg span of any arthropod. Currently, the record holder is Crabzilla, whose legs measure 12 feet long. He has been on display at the Sea Life Scheveningen in the Netherlands since 2010. Another Japanese spider crab held at Sea Life Blackpool in the UK, named Big Daddy, has legs that measure 10.2 feet across. The giant spider crab can live to be up to 100 years old! Want to see one in action? Click here:


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