National Geographic : 1997 Jan
LYING LOW Australia's version of the king crab is truly regal. Veighing as much as 35 pounds-perhaps more-the world's heaviest crabs live only off the coasts of scithern Australia and Tasmania, some at depths of a thousand feet. Hauled to the shallows by fishermen, this male weighed 23 pounds and dwarfed a crab trap measuring three feet across. Slow and stately,ie moved like a sleepy sumo wrestler, digging in with his long black claw. Females are smaller and can dnce more gracefully across the sand.