Giant Spider Crab Sheds Its Shell

Submitted by: LTimeLurker 7 years ago in Science

....wait for it...
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Male 2,862
I wanna know how he gets his legs out
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Male 1,351
And this follows...
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Male 774
Mr. Crabs!?
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Male 90
Crab:Time for an upgrade now that i got my boss to give me a raise,im thinkin,Im going to go for a V6 shell i heard they get better miles per galon and i need all the leg room i can get.
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Male 90
Crab:Time for an upgrade now that i got my boss to give me a raise,im thinkin,Im going to go for a V6 shell i heard they get better miles per galon and i need all the leg room i can get.
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Male 229
That would probably be the best time to cook that sucker! De-shelled and everything, good eats!
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Female 116
looks like it craps out a pinker version of itself...
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Male 69
haha if you play it backwards, it looks like it puts on the exoskeleton
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Male 2,788

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Male 111
:O
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Male 69
woah.
that was pretty awesome.
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Male 65
lol
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Male 1,054
"holy god
what the hell just happened "

Why are you confused?

Crab shells do not grow continuously, like snakes, crabs and lobsters and crayfish, and insects, shed their own skin periodically as they grow. The new shell/skin on crabs and lobsters,etc, is soft, they inflate their bodies with water to stretch it as much as possible before it hardens, giving them room to grow until the next time they shed.
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Male 5
holy god
what the hell just happened
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Male 40
I know it`s been rather hot this summer, but that`s just going a bit far.
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Female 112
O.O
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Female 682
ew.
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Male 244
"why dont they serve em like that in the restaurent?"

Soft shelled crab is crab cooked shortly after a crab sheds its shell. I`m sure that`s not what you mean, but I`m okay with that.
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Female 412
I wonder: does he grow new legs or does he manage somehow to pull them all the way out of the old legs and fold them under his body.
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Male 113
who`s more?
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Female 124
holy... o.o
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Female 118
thats disturbing
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Female 110
why dont they serve em like that in the restaurent?
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Female 19
wtf! that was some crazy lookin shiz.
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Female 1,148
I would like to hang the shell in my room...
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Male 92
@paradix

Japan has already got that
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Male 10
What the crab?
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Male 721
Alright, get the steam pot, its nice and tender!
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Male 143
If humans did it, there would definitely be some form of porn of it.
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Male 25,416
still creepy!
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Female 245
Intersting. The new legs are the coolest part!
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Male 250
i find that somewhat creepy :S
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Female 451
that really freaked me out.
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Male 1,083
OMG! IT`S BEAUTIFUL! OHHHHHH! SOMETHING IS HAPPENING! srsly, i didn`t even know they shed.
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Female 838
I really had no idea that crabs did this...
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Female 2
WOW, that shell came off in a way I was not expecting!
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Male 368
Mmmm I need some butter...
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Female 683
That was just effing gross. Oh my god.
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Female 42
"Mmmmm...softshell crab... "

My thoughts exactly!
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Male 914
now THAT was cool
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Male 1,237
double shell all the way
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Male 355
wow that was cool as hell
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Male 3
Mmmmm...softshell crab...
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Female 4,039
Whaaaaaat? That was freaky!
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Male 6,693
Excuse me while I slip into something a little more comfortable.
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Male 2,551
Stonardsftw - Be a douche some more.

And wow, that was kinda gross, but very interesting.
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Male 2,893
yummy yummy.
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Female 512
"and THAT is the EXACT moment you wanna grab it and cook it, no pesky shell in the way of all that delicious crab meat"

I don`t know if crabs are the same but they say lobsters who have just shed their shells have inferior meat to ones who have older, hard shells (presumably because the flesh gets sort of waterlogged or something). Cool video.
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Male 118
That was eerily disgusting..
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Female 446
Ohhhhh...sweet Snow Crabs with garlic butter...why was i not born in th maritimes Canada? Some one told me the maritimers eat crab-lobster and other sea dwelling cetation creatures,like chips during evening tv time. That is effing NOT FAIR for us inland dwellers, me thinks!
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Female 2,509
boil it! BOIL IT! with a side of clarified butter.
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Female 446
Crab goes through extreme trauma to loosens out of old shell. Regains conciousness after the ordeal and begins to see straight again. Looks around and see dicarded shell. Looks again a bit bewilderd and says to the discarded shell...*Hey baby...where did you come from....want a little backrub or somethin?* This, of course is from my terrible, terrible imagination. But it would be funny if it, (the crab), did get confused...Ha!
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Male 569
that was awesome. poor guy`s tank is tiny.
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Female 133
Holy poo that was cool :D And a tad creepy. Imagine if humans did it :P
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Male 289
and THAT is the EXACT moment you wanna grab it and cook it, no pesky shell in the way of all that delicious crab meat
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Male 304
wicked
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Male 321
@Levyn

Cry some more.
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Female 477
i thought it was gonna give birth to a million little crabs haha. still, weird..
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Male 625
That creeped me the heck out!
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Male 1,067
That was amazing. I was just expecting the top bit to fall off :P
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Male 210
I cannot believe people eat those. It makes me sad.
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Male 140
Well that was.... weird
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Male 52
incredibile
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Male 203
Looks delicious.
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Male 178
*jaw drops*
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Male 2,700
@Grim
That is a beautiful Chilian Rose. i miss mine so bad. Lived to about 12 years. The pink hairs kinda shine for a week or 2 after a molt. Was always fun to scare the ignorant with the molts...

Hmmm, whos drunk? **Tosses molt**

Hilarity ensues
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Male 83
Best...video...ever.
The snakes may look at him with envy...
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Female 262
AAAH! hahhaha I was not expecting that!...Pretty gross!
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Male 159
i thought it was just getting a new hat, then bam.... mad skills
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Male 358
Yeah uh.. I was not prepared for that.
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Male 91
this is the time when they become SOFT SHELL CRABS..... YUMMMY~
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Male 121
WTF Mother Nature...REALLY??
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Male 322
that was messed up.
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Male 2,586
Same way a tarantula does it... although a tarantula does it on its back :)
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Male 2,049
WOW! this video has not received a a ranking below 4.0!?
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Male 4,014
no no no no no no no no no no no no no no NO!

Anyone know, do they pull their legs out of the leg shells? Or do they grow new ones inside the shell and unfold them after molting? I mean, I`ve seen videos of people harvesting wild crab claws - they just snap them off live crabs, and they grow back. Anyone know? I don`t want to google it.
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Female 21
I love watching my tarantulas do this. Very cool. B-)
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Male 3,842
Wow, that was cool! Although I keep thinking of the Spongebob when Mr Krabs sheds his shell just before his reunion with his Navy buddies and Spongebob climbs into the old shell to impersonate him
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Male 5,314
i wish death to all crustaceans
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Female 1,435
now you have two! kinda O_o
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Female 803
eeeeeghhhhhhh..... that was semi disturbing.
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Female 305
I actually am fascinated by this! It was awesome!
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Male 56
It looks exactly the same when tarantulas do it
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Male 1,150
knowing my luck, id e all like, "SWEET I CAUGHT THE MOST HUGE AND DELICIOUS CRAB!!" and then I`d get home and crack it open and it`d be hollow like this.

FFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
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Female 999
Wouldn`t want to wake up with that in my sleeping bag!
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Male 25,416
Wow, just wow!
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Female 224
eatin time?
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Male 657
pfffttt. i can do that.
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Male 91
That looks like it`d be better then taking a poop!
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Female 383
uuuugh.. blehghh
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Male 90
Crab:Time for an upgrade now that i got my boss to give me a raise,im thinkin,Im going to go for a V6 shell i heard they get better miles per galon and i need all the leg room i can get.
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Male 977
jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesus chriiiiist!
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Male 1,598
Someone get some butter quick! that thing looks damn tasty.
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Male 5,189
Awesome!
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Female 1,071
this is the first time I`ve seen a video on here with a full 4 rating! Well done, crab, well done.
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Male 516
Well played, Concetra.

You`ve pleased me.
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Male 1,193
HOLY dratING poo!
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Male 1,547
WOOP-WOOP-WOOP-WOOP!!
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Female 145
Yeah I thought about Dr. Zoidberg too lol
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Female 3,598
CRAZY!!! O.o
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Female 407
holy f*ck.
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Male 2,049
TADA! And for my next trick... wait what you doing...?

"EAT AT JOES!"
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Female 374
I left this video screaming.
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Male 1,013
Wow!!! Click on the vid and up the resolution, then max it ... err to the max. cool vid!
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Male 3,915
how in the f*ck?!

how did it do that with it`s legs?!?!
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Male 4,004
All I can think of is Dr. Zoidberg...
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Female 1,181
yummmmm.... soft shelled crab....
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Male 741
this settles it. I will NOT be swimming in the ocean ever again.
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Male 312
all my nightmares just came true *shudders*
Thanks iab...
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Female 179
wow.. that was really weird.. I wasn`t expecting it to do it like that!!! It looked like it`s ass was bubbling for a second and I freaked. x_x
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Male 158
Sweet!
I wish I could do that and fake my death.
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Male 105
It`s important to remember whilst watching this that this crab can get to be almost four meters long.
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Male 703
So, is it squishy now, or did it already grow a new shell while in its old one?
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Male 106
On my first note... Damn that crab has a phat ass.

On my second note... HURRY AND BOIL THE FKIN WATER!
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Male 125
COOL! I was expecting it to pop-off the main shell part, but it busted out completely.
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Male 4,680
*Screams and hides behind chair*
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Female 839
omg that was freaking awesome. i wasn`t expecting so much awesomeness
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Male 179
gross yet cool at the same time...i was never a fan of crab but this has confirmed that i might not be missing out on anything at all.
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Male 333
@TheSharpest,he`ll no you`re not! Haha Mexican zoidberg ftw!
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Female 3,574
that`s pretty cool.
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Male 591
I hate when that happens.
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Male 638
Dip that in some butter and its ready to go.
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Male 1,764
Am I the only one who thought of Zoidberg from that one Futurama episode when he gets his shell catalog?
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Male 333
I`d eat it..
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Female 257
what went through my head through this was o yea strip for me... lol guess my mind is in the gutter today
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Female 583
OH MY GOD. I was just expecting the top part to come off...I wasn`t expecting it to wriggle out with new legs and everything.
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Male 645
omg kill it KILL IT
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Female 723
Link: Giant Spider Crab Sheds Its Shell [Rate Link] - ....wait for it...
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