Thursday 22 February 2018

Crab well after five days in fridge

A crab has escaped the cooking pot after spending five days in a fridge (PA/Bristol Aquarium)
A crab has escaped the cooking pot after spending five days in a fridge (PA/Bristol Aquarium)

A giant crab which escaped a cooking pot after spending five days in a fridge is making a miraculous recovery.

The edible crab was originally caught by a fisherman in Dartmouth who then drove it on to Weston-super-Mare in the back of his car.

With its hand-sized claws and nine-inch shell, the massive crustacean was such a fine specimen that the fisherman decided to present it to a sick friend in the hope it would cheer him up.

The crab then spent five days in the fridge.

However when it came time to cook it, the family decided they could not bring themselves to do it, and instead they contacted Bristol Aquarium.

David Waines, from the aquarium, said: "We received a phone call from a lady who told us they had a large crab in their fridge and they wanted to donate it to the aquarium.

"Basically, they didn't have the heart to kill him.

"Additionally, they decided they did not have a saucepan big enough to cook him in.

"When she told me it had been in there for five days, I couldn't believe it was still alive.

"I told them to wrap it in a wet towel and bring it along to the aquarium as quickly as possible.

"Although the crab was very weak when it arrived, the fact that it was kept refrigerated meant it was in a kind of suspended animation.

"We placed it into a special tank in our quarantine area and began pumping oxygen-rich seawater over it and it immediately started to show signs of recovery.

"Hopefully it will continue to get better and will be able to enjoy an unexpectedly long retirement here at the aquarium."

The edible crab is Britain's largest species of crab.

It uses its giant claws to crush and tear its prey, which includes a variety of shellfish such as mussels.

The crab is also a highly successful scavenger.

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