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  1. kiang

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    I found out about this at about 10 this morning, Already I have plans to go and see him especially with my friend (who loves Spider crabs)

    Thanks for the news article :)

    Edit: If its a he!
     
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    Is he on show now? And if so where? I'm planning on going to see him this week and don't want to miss him!
     
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    Maguari Never could get the hang of Thursdays. Premium Member

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    From what I've read, he's in the Bay of Rays.
     
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    Oooh, that seems a bit shallow for a crab with 5ft legs! Are they sure it won't get out?
    Thanks for the reply, I'll try to get some photos when I go.
     
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    they don't move well out of water ;)
     
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    My photos can now be found in the gallery. I can confirm that she is a female, and enormous! I made some attempt to show scale next to a barrel and lobster trap. I hope she has a much bigger exhibit in Belgium because she's much too cramped in the ray pool.
     
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    I've added a few more shots of Crabzilla from my visit today - she really is a bit of a beast.

    National Sea Life Centre Gallery

    Meanwhile, other new additions since my last visit include these spectacular beasties:

    http://www.zoochat.com/312/indian-threadfin-sealife-birmingham-28-02-a-131976/

    ...and, very excitingly, Hammerhead Sharks - not Bonnetheads, but proper little Hammerheads - I think Scalloped Hammerhead (Sphryna lewini) but as they're not yet labelled I'll need to contact the centre to confirm.


    http://www.zoochat.com/312/hammerhead-shark-sealife-birmingham-28-02-a-131984/
     
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    Do i detect a sense of excitement towards a sea life centre:eek:
    Well i never:D
     
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    Maguari Never could get the hang of Thursdays. Premium Member

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    It was actually the most exciting visit to a SeaLife Centre I've had in a long time! Me and robmv were there for nearly 2 hours - longer than we normally bother with!
     
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    I think the pair of you need to see a doctor as thats not normal for the pair of you.:D

    Now when can i get to Birmingham:D
     
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    You'd better be quick ZG, its not there for much longer
     
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    Don`t want to see the crab just the Hammerhead Shark!:)
     
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    Now I'm happy that I bought year passes, those hammerheads were not there when I was!! I want to see!
    The threadfins were stunning though, really impressive.
     
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    Is this the first time hammerheads have been kept in the UK?
     
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    I'm not aware of any others - SeaLife are pitching these as 'The First in Europe' and I don't know of any examples to counter this (as they clearly don't count Bonnetheads).

    On the other hand, I wouldn't be at all surprised if there'd been some before that SeaLife don't know about.
     
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    Palma Aquarium in Majorca has hammerheads. I saw them myself last year and they were definitely labelled as hammerheads at least, though since I'm no fishy expert I guess they could have been bonnetheads mislabelled?
     
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    According to Zootierliste.de, Palma do indeed have Bonnethead sharks.

    ZootierlisteHomepage


    It's not impossible for that to be wrong, however.
     
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    I'd believe that, they're cheeky sods though, its even on their website - Look under gardens
    It's still the best aquarium I've ever seen though, it makes all the sea life centres look dreadful in comparison.
     
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    Well, I'd give them the benefit of the doubt and put it down to mistranslation! :D