Giant Aussie Crabs Escape Cooking Pot
9:02am 2nd May 2012
They're an Australian delicacy, and were almost certainly destined for the dinner plate - but now three gigantic Tasmanian King Crabs are making their home in Dorset.
A scout from Weymouth Sea Life Park spotted the creatures as they were about to be sent to the market, and struck a deal to bring them back here instead.
It's cost £9,000 to buy and move the creatures - which can grow to be eighteen inches around their shells.
"They're such impressive creatures we though it was worth the cost and effort of flying them half-way round the world to see if they can flourish in an aquarium display," said the Sea Life network's head marine biologist Rob Hicks.
"They had a stopover in Hong Kong and arrived with us a week ago," he added.
"It took them a few days to get over the jet-lag but now they're feeding happily and don't seem any the worse of their trip."
The Sea Life Park has prepared one of its biggest display tanks in an exhibition called Treasures of The Deep to host one of the crabs, which will be moving in on Thursday.
"Our visitors are going to be amazed," said Jemma.