Thursday, August 14, 2008
Japanese Spider Crab
This past week we stopped by the Oregon Aquarium and saw something I've never seen before... a Japanese Spider Crab.
Here's what I've learned about it; The Giant Japanese spider crab can generally be found in the Pacific Ocean around Japan. They can live at depths of 50-300m or 150-1000 feet.
The ones we saw were orange with white spots and the largest of them no more than maybe five or six feet across. Still... that's a BIG crab !
Its eyes were situated right in front, and two thorns stick out between them. I know one was looking right at me because he got up and ambled away after a minute or two of my staring at him.
The giant spider crab is one of the largest arthropods know to man. They measure up to 3.7 m or almost 13 feet from the tip of one claw to another. The width of their body usually grows to about 37cm (15 inches) They are covered with little nodules called tubercles and most of their size is taken up by their long legs.
Apparently, some of the first discovered were found in the jungles on land in Japan. Imagine coming across that in the bush. Yikes.