World's biggest crab seen shedding its shell by by crawling out of its own body
| Yuan Ren For Mailonline
2/8/2019 2:19 PM EST
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Striking footage showing the Japanese crab shedding its shell by stepping out of its own body has been caught on camera at San Diego Seaworld.
The video shows the crab's brightly coloured new body emerging out of its old body through its torso, or, thorax.
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The new body pushes through initially in a highly squashed form, with the legs and claws squashed together the body and then expand out as it crawls out of the shell.
The footage shows the new shell-less body looking exactly like a duplicate of the old shell but much lighter in colour.
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The Japanese spider crab is the biggest crab in the world and is recognisable by its small body to leg length ratio.
It has a leg to leg span of up to 18 ft (5.5 metres) and...
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