A GIANT brown crab weighing more than 7lbs is the latest sea creature to set up temporary home at Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium.
The crab was hauled up from the deep off Lyme Regis in the net of a local fisherman and has now been named Hercules. He weighs over 7lbs (3.2kg), has a body measuring 27cm wide and boasts huge claws.
Max Gollop, owner of the Marine Aquarium on Lyme’s historic Cobb harbour, commented: “He’s one of the biggest I’ve seen, a fantastic looking specimen with an awesome set of fist-sized claws.
“Due to his mammoth size, it’s clear he has been around for a long time and it would be a shame for him to end up as someone’s lunch.
“Our plan is to look after him in the aquarium for a few months before returning him to the sea.”
The edible crab, Cancer Pagurus in Latin, is the most common crab found in UK waters. They can live up to 30 years although some have been known to live up to 100 years.
For more details on the aquarium, visit www.lymeregismarineaquarium.co.uk