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Enormous nightmare crab 'spotted' off the shore of UK seaside town

An image of what appears to be a huge crustacean was spotted off Whitstable.

THE WORLD’S LARGEST known crab – the Japanese spider crab – can grow to a size of around 12 feet.

That’s an horrific enough prospect. Consider then a crab capable of growing to maybe two or three times that size.

That’s what’s claimed to be lurking in the waters off the UK seaside town of Whitstable.

qu Source: Quinton Winter/Weird Whitstable

The Daily Star has put the crab on its front page, calling it ‘crabzilla’, while the Express questions if it’s a “huge crustacean” or an “elaborate hoax”.


The original source of the image is the website Weird Whitstable, run by artist Quinton Winter and specialising in oddities spotted in the area.

The oddities include the ‘White Van Witch‘ and the ‘The Stick Man’ - so probably best taken with a pinch of salt.

The satellite image of the ‘crab’ was also accompanied by this image of giant claws appearing to come out of the water as two children drop fishing lines.

claws Source: Weird Whitstable

Winter says that when he first saw the satellite image he thought it was an oddly shaped sand bank, but upon further inspection and coupled with his own previous ‘sightings’ of giant crustaceans, he believes there’s a huge beast beneath the water.

The website doesn’t believe him:


And neither does Heart Kent radio:

Or any of these people:

Ps here’s a Japanese Spider Crab, for your nightmares:

dnYZnm2 Source: Imgur

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