Wow! Gigantic Animals That Actually Exist

This Crab’s Legs Are Insane


The world’s biggest crab is the Japanese Spider Crab. They live naturally around the waters of Japan and the span of their legs are larger than any other arthropod, reaching up to 18 feet from claw to claw. The body can grow up to 16 inches wide, and they can weigh as much as 42 pounds. In Japanese, they are called “taka-ashi-gani,” which means “tall legs crab.” They have an armored body to protect themselves from predators such as octopi. The Japanese Spider Crab are masters of camouflage and use shells, sponges, and other ocean elements to disguise themselves. These crabs are considered a delicacy.