Huge Eleven Feet Crustaceans Can Kill MaN das

The giant spider crab of Japan dwarfs all other crustaceans, with a record span of eleven feet between outstretched claws. Spider crabs get their name from their likeness to a spider. They have rounded bodies that are covered with stubby projections (tubercles) and long spindly legs. Rarely seen, large adult spider crabs, Macrocheira kaempferi, normally live at depths of as great as 1,200 feet, migrating in spring to shallower waters to mate and lay eggs. Females lay as many as 1.5 million eggs at a time, though only a minute fraction of them survive. Largest of Japan's estimated one thousand crab species, the spiders reach adult size within ten years and may live half a century ...

difficult to catch." Now and then one is brought up in a deep-sea probe, but that is largely by accident. Young spider crabs, however, inhabit shallower water and can easily be caught in baited traps. Since crabs may require ten years to reach mating age, many of the younger generation are eliminated before they can reproduce. As a result, the giant spider crab may be an endangered species.

The few adult crabs brought up today are prized as tourist attractions. One Kyoto restaurant features a glass floor with an aquarium beneath it.

Note this picture is not a spider crab rather it's some type of funky looking creature

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Um, that's not a picture of a Japanese Spider Crab.... Not sure what it is, but it's not a spider crab.

paul I know it's not a Japanese Spider Crab I forgot to mention that.