New London Attraction: LONDON AQUARIUM WELCOMES FRAGILE AND FIESTY NEW CRUSTACEANS
- Published on Sunday, 16 February 2014 13:00
- Last Updated on 12 February 2014
- Monica Costa
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If you are looking for half term activities for children in London we suggest heading to the London Aquarium to see the new crustaceans that have arrived.
A ten strong team of aquarists from the SEA LIFE London Aquarium have recently welcomed a 15 new crustacean residents including a pair of gigantic but very delicate Japanese Spider Crabs and an army of small, brightly coloured but incredibly feisty Rainbow crabs.
The team had to transport each Rainbow crab individually in specially created perspex containers to protect themselves from their extremely sharp and extremely painful pinchers. In contrast, specially training was required to carefully carry the enormous Japanese Spider Crabs into their displays; with 1.5 metre long limbs the creatures may look fearsome but they are extremely fragile.
Jamie Oliver, Aquarium Curator commented “We’re used to dealing with what people think are deadly creatures with a display of over 20 sharks, Piranhas and a Cuban croc here at the Aquarium, but looks can certainly be deceiving. Sometimes it’s the smallest creatures that can be the most fierce and these unassuming looking rainbow crab pack such a pinch with their pincers that we had to carefully plan their transfer here and ensure our team would be totally protected from a potentially severely painful nip. On the other hand our giant Japanese Spider Crabs look scary but they are extremely delicate and require the most gentle of touches.
The creatures will feature in a new exhibition, CLAWS bringing together a spectacular collection of the “B-movie monsters” of the marine world, also including hermit crabs, armoured shrimp and the humble blue lobster.
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums