July 13, 2009

Rough rear

This is the Giant Japanese Spider Crab (Macrocheira kaempferi) at the Manila Ocean Park. According to the sign beside its tank, it is the largest living arthropod in the world and is believed to have a life expectancy of up to 100 years. Because it is a particularly old species of crab, it is often referred to as a living fossil. I think he got tired of all the people staring at him and all I could photograph was his rear end.

Giant Japanese Spider Crab

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31 comments:

Paty said...

very nice!!

Becky said...

What a beautiful crab! I love the orange on him. Funny that he wouldn't give you a face view though.

m_m said...

Great shot! It is really huge:)

Lois said...

I had no idea they lived that long! He's a beautiful color.

Abe Lincoln said...

I guess something that old has a right to turn around and walk away. LOL

marley said...

He showed you his best side! He is one ugly guy!

Vogon Poet said...

I like your photo and the colors, but this kind of creature is a bit weird to me.

Leif Hagen said...

Oh, Hilda! Don't be so crabby! Cheer up! Ha!

JM said...

I don't know if it is the same species, but I've seen (and eaten...) huge crabs like this one in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego (Patagonia, Argentina). Do you know where this is from?

Jacob said...

One more thing I've never seen before...and he's probably just a wee bit older than I am!

Nice photo with great color, Hilda!

Neva said...

What a great photo! Not sure I want to meet him in person but he is very colorful!!!

James said...

Somebody pass the drawn butter.

Kaori said...

You're right, it DOES look like it's pouting :)

Clueless in Boston said...

We would say in Boston he was giving you the bum's rush:)

Olivier said...

superbe photo, on dirait une "araignée". cela doit être bon à manger ;o))
superb photograph, they would say a "spider". it must goot be eat ;o))

Don and Krise said...

Not exactly a handsome fellow now is he? He is colorful though.

the donG said...

hahaha.... yes. most of the time it's facing the glass. well after months of exposure seems like it's tired of seeing people.

in some country they actually have it as a special delicacy.

CJ said...

Nice photo. When I was teaching art, we were drawing sea creatures and I kept assuring the students that they couldn't think up anything odder than what really exists in the ocean.

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Mo said...

Looks rather scary but they taste delicious

The Explorer said...

very odd creatures, i also had a chance to see this.

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Pam said...

What a colorful photo of the giant crab, Hilda. Your post reminds me of the phrase 'position in life is everything'... LOL :D

Katney said...

Very colorful. Deffinitely an odd fellow. How large is he?

Jarart said...

I guess he is lucky to have ended up in the tank instead of on a plate. Cute post.

Halcyon said...

Maybe he considers the rear his better side. :)

Mirela said...

That crab is supposed to be Japanese??? We have it in the Adriatic sea too... weird... although, here they don't grow that large. Maybe they're cousins... :)

George said...

Even its rear end is colorful.

Louis la Vache said...

hee hee hee...
A little different take on a "Moon Shot."

Marina said...

100 years???? wow!!!!
cool post!!!

Dina said...

Don't blame him for turning his back on the gawkers. Interesting stuff here. A living fossil, cool.

ellievellie said...

I thought my butt was big :)

asok said...

Looking extra ordinary,necessary steps should be taken to preserve it .

peter

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