Is this Crabzilla? 'Giant crab' measuring 50ft spotted off British coastIS it Crabzilla or Claws? This aerial image of a giant crab lurking at a British resort has become an internet sensation.
By: Jon Coates
Published: Mon, October 13, 2014
People have been flocking to a website to judge for themselves whether this picture shows a huge crustacean in shallow water at a harbour mouth in Kent or is just an elaborate hoax.
Quinton Winter, who collates strange and spooky sightings for his Weird Whitstable website, at first thought the image sent to him by a follower showed an unusual sand formation in the shape of a crab but is now convinced it’s a true monster of the deep.
He believes he saw the giant lurking close to the shore when he took his son crabbing last summer in the harbour at Whitstable, which is famed for its oysters.
He said: “At first all I could see was some faint movement, then as it rose from the water I thought, ‘that’s a funny looking bit of driftwood’.
“It had glazed blank eyes on stalks, swivelling wildly and it clearly was a massive crab with crushing claws.
“Before this incident I thought the aerial photo showed an odd-shaped sand bank. Now I know better.”
The picture appears to show an edible crab, scientific name cancer pagurus, a species commonly found in British water but which normally only grows to 10 inches, weighing six pounds.
The biggest known crab species is the Japanese spider crab, which can measure more than 12ft....more at link