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Giant crab caught in mangroves off Penang - and set free

PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 11:08 am
by timyang
NIBONG TEBAL, Penang: A crab weighing 1.9 kilograms is nothing unusual, but if it is caught from the open sea, then such a size is indeed pretty rare. This is because the number of marine lives caught in the sea has dropped drastically in recent years due to the sophisticated fishing techniques resulting in fewer of them escape the fishermen's nets.

Huang Zheng Guo, a fisherman in Nibong Tebal, has recently caught a massive king crab measuring two feet long and weighing 1.9 kilograms, setting a record in the history of the sleepy fishing town in southern Seberang Perai.

The shell of this king crab is as big as a large basin, and its claws as thick as a man’s wrists. According to local residents, the sea near Nibong Tebal is actually not very deep and the crabs caught there seldom weigh more than a kilogram.

37-year-old Huang, who has been a fisherman for the past 20 years, went to the mudflats near the mangrove forest several days ago to catch some crabs and was lucky enough to have come across this giant crab.

Nevertheless, he decided to set it free as he recognised that this type of giant crab is very rare nowadays and he did not want to eat it nor sell it.