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Claw-blimey! Mega-crab caught by fisherman can crush a man's wrist

The crab has been nicknamed the Beast Photo: Blue Reef Aquarium

A colossal crustacean with claws so large they can crush a man's wrist has been caught by a fisherman in Portsmouth.

The cancer pagurus crab, sometimes known as a brown or edible crab, was hauled up in the pot by a fisherman.

The crab measures 26cm across - about the size of a dinner plate and weighs the equivalent of four bags of sugar.

It was destined for the dinner table until staff at Viviers fish merchants took pity on it and contacted the aquarium to see if they wanted to save it.

It has now been rehomed in Portsmouth's Blue Reef Aquarium.

The edible crab, which has been nicknamed the ‘Beast’ by aquarists, is destined to enjoy a peaceful and pot-free retirement at the Southsea wildlife attraction.

The Beast has huge claws the size of human fists Credit: Blue Reef Aquarium

“He’s a fantastic-looking specimen with an awesome set of fist-sized claws.

“It’s clear that he has been around for a long time and it would be a shame for such an impressive-looking crab to end up as someone’s lunch.

“We’re currently keeping him in our quarantine area but the plan is for him to move in to his new home here at the aquarium in the coming days.

“He’ll be looked after and provided with everything he needs and there’s the added bonus that he won’t have the temptation of any crab pots!

“No one is entirely sure how long crustaceans can live for but it’s certainly decades so hopefully he’s got a good few years left to enjoy his retirement,” he added."

– Lindsay Holloway, Blue Reef