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The giant Japanese spider crab is found on the seafloor of the Pacific Ocean near Japan. It occurs at depths of 150 to 1000 feet where it is very dark and cold. This crab is primarily a scavenger, consuming dead animal and plant material. However, it will also pry open the shells of mollusks with its small, pointed claws.
When its legs are spread out, an adult giant Japanese spider crab can measure 12 feet across and its body can grow to be 15 inches wide. An animal this size will weigh as much as 40 lbs.
Be sure to spend some time closely examining the giant Japanese spider crab in the Cold Water Quest gallery.