Are crabs really just like sea butterflies? No.

by brian lam

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For one, they don’t transform. They basically give themselves a new suit, which looks a lot like the old one, only bigger and softer until its not. Here is a video of the gentle Japanese spider crab, Macrocheira kaempferi, as it grows towards being the largest arthropod by measure of leg span. (They can get up to 12 feet, 6 inches across and weigh 40 pounds). The movie was sped up and compressed so that the six hour ordeal only is played back at less than 2 minutes. [pink tentacle via boingboing]

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