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For All You Cancer Signs

Here's another specimen that was in a dark space, making it very easy to achieve the black background.  This is a Japanese Spider Crab that can grow to be as big as a car!  Now THAT would be a scary movie (or one helluva feast)!

Addendum:  They can also live to be 100 years old!  This fella was not that big--maybe two feet wide from the outer legs.  And they ARE naturally orange in color!

This is a series of pics taken at our Georgia Aquarium here in Atlanta last week.



For All You Cancer Signs

Here's another specimen that was in a dark space, making it very easy to achieve the black background.  This is a Japanese Spider Crab that can grow to be as big as a car!  Now THAT would be a scary movie (or one helluva feast)!

Addendum:  They can also live to be 100 years old!  This fella was not that big--maybe two feet wide from the outer legs.  And they ARE naturally orange in color!

This is a series of pics taken at our Georgia Aquarium here in Atlanta last week.



comments (28)

  • Deb
  • 28 Mar 2007, 00:12
Wow! I've never seen anything like it. And I hope I never do lol!
I'll have to show it to my husband...he gave me the nickname "Crab" because I'm so crabby ;~wink
Ginnie Hart: HA! Well, Cancers are Water people which IS the emotional Element of the Zodiac. smile Are you by chance a Cancer, Deb? smile
It almost looks like a crab in outer space. Great shot, Ginnie! Just love it! I think my dog would be scared of this one.
Ginnie Hart: That's why I kept the specks of sand in, Kay, to lend a feel of groundedness. These things hardly moved or when they did, in very slow motion!
Mmm, spider roll is my favourite sushi, so I'll vote for feast. You've managed to capture this well. (I know how difficult those low-light shots are in environments like that.)
Ginnie Hart: I agree, Karen. I'm thinking lots of crab legs! smile Thanks.
  • Robs
  • 28 Mar 2007, 03:10
Ginnie, are you kidding? Does it exist for real? I think I won't sleep this night! grin
I am thinking that it is red because it only drinks blood, is it right? Let me check if my door and windows are closed wink
Ginnie Hart: HA! Your imagination is way too vivid, Rob. smile This one was not that big--maybe 2 feet wide from the outer legs.
wow a living fossil. nice job of capturing this giant in such limited lighting. i love the red effect.
Ginnie Hart: If we live to be 100 years old, I'm sure we'll be called fossils as well. grin This one is probably very young since it's still quite small at maybe 2 feet wide from the outer legs.
This is an amazing shot Ginnie. I'm wondering how this spider kept still for you to take that 1/8th of a second to take this shot. The lighting is marvellous. The white dots on the frame are probably water bubbles. Not sure how this wud have looked if you wud have cloned those out. My vote for this to be on the National Geographic Cover smile
Ginnie Hart: I actually kept those grains of sand in the pic, Thomas, to give a sense of groundedness to the crab (kinda like yesterday's moon jellyfish). Cancers are water-element people--very emotional. They need all the groundedness they can get. smile

And BTW, if these fellas move, they move in slow motion, so it wan't hard to capture them at all.
Very nice shot! I am a fan of your aquarium visits. Did you take this with a tripod? I can't hold a camera still for a 1/8th second exposure.
Ginnie Hart: I totally forgot to take my monopod this visit, Martin, but it wasn't hard to take because this fella stayed perfectly still for me. When he moved, it was in slow motion. Also, my Canon has the Image Stabilizer, which I'm sure helps with any camera shake I may have had. Thanks.
Impressive shot Ginnie. Very well catched !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Roland.
ouh! ├ža ferait peur!
Ginnie Hart: Nothing to fear, O-P. This fella was only about 2 feet wide from the outer legs. And it stood perfectly still for me. smile
  • dafredo
  • the bar
  • 28 Mar 2007, 06:55
waouuu, nice one !! you're in the scary period smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! Actually, this seems pretty tame, Frederic, behind the window. grin
Impressive animal, like a alien spider... it doesn't seem to be very happy... have a great day... or night... Ginnie. When it's 8.00 am in Paris, what time is it in Atlanta ? Good question my friend...
Ginnie Hart: HA! Paris is 6 hours ahead of Atlanta (now that all the time changes are done), so I was sound asleep at 2 a.m. smile
Scary .... Great background is it really that colour ?
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Shakara--these are usually orange in color, according to the Wiki link above.
whoa. seriously, as big as a car? That's amazing and scary, too! But hi-five for the nod to the Cancerians. (and a hello to Donica in this regard, too! smile )
Ginnie Hart: This one wasn't that big, Mad--only about 2 feet wide from the outer legs. But can you imagine meeting up with one that's 13 feet wide?!

Oh yes--both Donica and Nicholas are Cancers. smile
I am truly freaked out! A whole CAR?
Ginnie Hart: Yup. Up to 13 feet wide. That's amazing, isn't it, Etomi!!!
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 28 Mar 2007, 12:21
What a fantastic creature and photo! I've never seen anything like it either. I vote for feast too.
Ginnie Hart: Me, too, Ruth. I just LOVE crab legs (as does Amy). All of us could have a feast on just one of these fellas. But of course, let's not think about eating THIS one!
Looks like something from a horrow movie.
Great shots from the aquarium
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for stopping by, Gustav! BTW, congratulations on the birth of your daughter!!
  • mal
  • 28 Mar 2007, 14:36
He looks very impressive Ginnie, I would not want to meet a car sized one though! lol. mal
Ginnie Hart: Me neither, Mal. This fella was a nice size and a slow mover. No sense that I couldn't easily out-run him! grin
  • chris p
  • where the clocks change to summer!
  • 28 Mar 2007, 17:04
Very much like the spider crabs we get - I'm glad they dont get to the size of a car though. Fine shot again Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: Me, too, Chris! smile Thanks for your comment.
Excellent. I love this, it reminds me of the spaceships used in a comedy series that aired in Britain during the 90's, called Red Dwarf.
Ginnie Hart: I hope those spaceships moved around a lot faster than these crabs! But if they were as big as a car, even moving slowly, people would definitely want to get out of the way! smile
The small white dots in the bottom part of the pic really adds something special...yes, now I know...I get this out of space feeling....Good one smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! Stars instead of sand. Right, Aksel. grin
Woah! This looks really spooky!
Ginnie Hart: It's those little pincers at the mouth that are scary! So I just look at the legs. smile
  • Petra
  • 28 Mar 2007, 21:00
I dont get the tittle Ginnie....what an amazing animal...brrrrrrr
Petra
Ginnie Hart: Cancer is the 4th sign of the Zodiac, Petra, and has the Crab as it's symbol. It's for people with birthdays between June 21 and July 22. That's where the title is coming from. smile
another nice one, I like the red tones.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Dotun.
  • Ellie
  • 28 Mar 2007, 23:09
Yikes! It looks like something out of Alien!

I think I prefer smaller crabs that scurry around between rocks, have a fondness for strips of bacon rind sand don't mind spending a little while in a bucket, after which they are turfed back into the sea to do it all again another day!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed. Out of Alien. I'm guessing crab cakes are made out of those smaller crabs, especially the dundgeness variety. But I quite enjoy the crab-legs variety like from the Alaskan King crabs. My mouth is watering as I speak. smile
wow, it's very cool Ginnie, the red colour of skin it's very contrast but very nice composition,
Sorry but i'm not cancer heheh...
Ginnie Hart: It is cool, Dudee, even for those of us who aren't Cancer Signs. smile Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I've missed you. smile
Personally, I would be happy to have the glass between myself and this spooky fellow. I definitely would not to meet one as big as a car! Yikes. This one gave me a shiver, and it's only a photo. A good photo, indeed.
Ginnie Hart: Me neither, Red Pen. One this small doesn't bother me but as big as a car? Forget it! grin
Wonderful : Thumbs up !!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Zeb.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 1 Apr 2007, 22:43
I would prefer the feast. Love crabs and had some nice ones in LA a few years ago. I can imagine - the size of a car and twice the price of a car. Maybe it will take too much wine to swallow down (having second thoughts). Great pic Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Well, just one of those legs would be fine and wouldn't take more than a glass of wine, Louis. smile Thanks.

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