SAN CARLOS, Guaymas.- A few days ago the image of a man carrying a giant crab on the beaches of San Carlos became popular, leaving many with doubts about where such a species had come from.
Although the dimensions of the crustacean surprise anyone, it is relatively common to find it in Sonora.
Characteristics of the Giant San Carlos Crab
The species in the photo in San Carlos is a giant Japanese crab that belongs to the group of spider crabs, which has a triangular shell as its main characteristic, in addition to its elongated limbs.
Many of the people’s comments related the crab to horror movies where the monsters are huge animals.
Where are the giant crabs caught in San Carlos from?
Even though the finding caused surprise on social networks, the giant crab usually prowls those areas.
As its name suggests, the Japanese giant crab hails from Japan and lives in the depths of the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez.
This species is known to be blind, but it makes up for it with highly developed hearing and sensitive hairs on its body that allow it to identify any underwater species.
It is the largest known arthropod, since its legs can measure up to 2 meters and it can weigh more than 20 kilos.
This crab can live up to 100 years in natural habitat and 70 years in captive conditions.
Source: El Imparcial