Live Japanese spider crabs go on display and "In Search of Giant Squid" opens at the Claws exhibit at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport beginning this weekend.

An adult Japanese spider crab can reach a leg span of almost 13 feet, a body size of up to 15 inches and a weight of up to 44 pounds. It lives on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean around Japan, feeding on dead animals and shellfish, and is thought to live up to 100 years. The Ear has read, but finds it hard to believe, that it has a gentle disposition.

The exhibit, which will remain at the aquarium through Labor Day Weekend, also features the first video footage ever taken of a giant squid and a display of a giant squid beak and suckers. Interactive components allow visitors to compare their own size to that of a giant squid. The Ear thinks this exhibit comes under the "creepy but fun" heading, and wants to check it out.

For information, go to (www.aquarium.org)

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