The shock snap clicked from the air has caused a stir online, with many convinced it demonstrates a crustacean that is at least 50ft-wide hiding in shallow water.
The ‘super crab’ picture shows the harbour at Whitstable, Kent. And the unexplained ‘creature of the deep’ dwarfs fishing boats left on the nearby pier
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The pic appeared on the website Weird Whitstable – a collection of the strange put together by Quinton Winter. He told the Daily Express that he spotted the mega-crab last summer.
Quinton said: “At first all I could see was some faint movement, then as it rose from the water I thought, ‘that’s a funny looking bit of driftwood. It had glazed blank eyes on stalks, swivelling wildly and it clearly was a massive crab with crushing claws.
Before this incident I thought the aerial photo showed an odd-shaped sand bank. Now I know better.”
The world’s largest recorded crab is the Japanese spider crab, a species which can grow to around 12ft and weigh up to three stone.