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Sunday, 3 August 2014


Shore crabs can smell with their feet, and can detect the equivalent of one drop of a chemical in 100 Olympic swimming pools.

The Seychelles is home to the world’s largest land-dwelling crustacean, the 3ft-long coconut crab. And yes, it loves to eat coconuts.

Chumbe Island in Tanzania is home to the coconut crab. It can grow up to a metre in length.

The Japanese spider crab has the greatest leg span of any arthropod, reaching 5.5 metres (18 ft) from claw to claw. It is reported to have a gentle disposition.

Recently discovered in the forests of the Western Ghats in South India, Kani Maranjandu are the only species of crab that lives entirely in trees.

Joseph Stalin ordered thousands of red crabs to be moved from Alaska to the Soviet Union to provide a sustainable food source. Thousands turned in to millions, spilling in to surrounding coastlines and damaging wildlife.

The Cucumber Rind Cup is a trophy awarded each year to the winner of the Miss Crustacean beauty pageant for crabs in New Jersey.

True crabs can walk slowly in any direction, but when they need to hurry, they usually move sideways.

Crabs have their own version of the fist pump. Male crabs wave their claws in the air to attract females.

Crab rangoon was invented by a chef at a San Francisco restaurant in the 1950s.

Globally, people consume about 1.5 million tons of crab meat every year.

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