Real life is worse than nightmares because even in my worst dreams, my twisted imagination could never cook up seeing hundreds of thousands of giant spider crabs littered across the ocean floor. Just imagine yourself swimming in the ocean and being swallowed by the horde of crabs. Imagine all those creepy arms…
And here I thought stingrays were jolly surfers of the ocean. Not to crabs! Watch as this giant stingray catch a spider crab and vacuum suck the poor crab right into the stingray’s mouth. It’s like one minute the crab is there, the next he’s been vaporized. Poor crab was too busy molting to realize the UFO of the sea…
This is a clip from an episode of BBC's Life Story and it shows how orderly (and also completely chaotic) hermit crabs can be when it comes to trading homes. They all meet up in front of a shell, line themselves up from biggest to smallest and then trade shells with each other by jumping from one to the next.
Crabs are red alien water tarantulas who regenerate like mutants. Just look at this crab literally climb out of its old shell and toss away that used exoskeleton like it's a dirty pair of pants. So gross but so cool. I kind of wish I could shed skin like this. It'd probably be the most refreshing feeling ever.
A new study in the Journal of Experimental Biology revealed some equally terrible news for shellfish and Red Lobster enthusiasts alike: crabs experience pain.
Say hello to Claude, the Tasmanian Monster Crab, who was recently caught off the coast of Tasmania. Originally destined to become crab cakes (approx 162 of them), a British aquarium bought his freedom for $4,800 and transported him to the UK, where he is expected to grow much, much larger.
I thought the Japanese banana vending machine we saw last week was pretty weird. But compared to this Chinese vending machine which dispenses ACTUAL LIVING CRABS in little plastic containers, well, yeah, a banana machine seems pretty reasonable.
The world's first Census of Marine Life was released today, a 10 year, 650 million dollar study of the ocean. In Citizens of the Sea, Nancy Knowlton discusses the shell-crushing force of the Mantis Shrimp and the ribbon worm.