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"Claude the Crab" here, weighs in at an astounding 15lbs!

Three very lucky Tasmanian King Crabs were plucked from the pot this weekend in Australia, for when a worker of the Sealife aquariums spotted the ginormous beauties at a market, she had to save them!

Claude, shown above, and 2 other of his friends will get to live the rest of their days out in a nice relaxing, and what could even be called luxurious, environment that the Sealife crew take great lengths to ensure, for all their aquatic creatures.

The Sun writes:

The Tasmanian King Crab was snapped up alongside two others for £3,000 by a SeaLife worker during a trip to Australia. The one pictured was named Claude and is 15in wide while weighing 15lbs. He will grow to 30lbs and could produce up to 20lbs worth of meat — or 325 crabsticks. He and the other crustaceans — a delicacy Down Under — are being quarantined before going on display. One will go to Weymouth, another to Birmingham, while a third will be sent to Berlin, Germany. Rob Hicks, SeaLife’s head marine biologist, said: “They are such impressive creatures we thought that it was worth the cost and effort of flying them half-way round the world to so they can flourish in an aquarium display. “They had a stopover in Hong Kong and arrived with us a week ago. “It took them a few days to get over the jet-lag but now they’re feeding happily and don’t seem any the worse for their trip.”


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