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Divers off the coast of Australia discover writhing mass of spider crabs

Given that the oceans cover over 70 percent of the Earth’s surface (It’s kinda funny that we named the planet after the stuff that actually makes up the minority of its surface) and it’s difficult to explore the murky depths it’s no mystery that we’re always finding strange things in the ocean.

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Most scientists agree that we have a better understanding of celestial bodies in space than we do of the frigid depths of the deep blue sea.

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That’s why it’s no surprise that there are strange and alien creatures lurking in Davey Jones’ locker. Spider Crabs are one of the strangest looking creatures to walk the sea floor. Their relatively small carapace is surrounded by 10 long limbs, 8 legs and two pinchers. Most people will have heard of Japanese Spider Crabs which are the largest species of crab in the sea, but there are many varieties of these crustaceans.

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Seeing a single spider crab while scuba diving can be scary, especially for those with a legitimate case of arachnophobia, but imagine seeing a massive pile of them. With all those legs and all that writhing… I’m giving myself the heebie jeebies. That’s exactly what these divers found off the coast of Australia; a massive pile of spider crabs.

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The spider crabs in the video appear to be Australian Majid spider crabs which are found around Tasmania. They are known to pile on top of each other with the quicker crabs getting on top of the less dominant smaller ones. Apparently they get into these massive piles as part of their molting and migration process. According to boredomtherapy.com one of the divers had the following to say:

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“The behavior I observed was really just a lot of climbing and a few scuffles as crabs got in each other’s faces.”

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photo source: Youtube

Watch the video below:

What did you think of that huge pile of spider crabs? Would you approach them if you were scuba diving? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!

Via: Boredomtherapy

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