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FlipFact of the Day:ย .ย The Japanese spider crab (๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ข ๐˜ฌ๐˜ข๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช) dwarfs every other living crab species out there. It has the longest leg span of any living arthropod (12 ft, though at least one specimen’s leg span is reported to have reached a whopping 18 ft), and is second only to the American lobster when it comes to weight (42 lbs on average, packed in a carapace measuring 16 in). It is said to live up to a hundred years. Want to see one? The Japanese spider crab is a fixture in many exhibits and museums.

Today’s Science History Milestone: On September 4, 2006, a vaccine for a type of meningitis was offered for the first time in Great Britain for all babies aged two, four and 13 months. This was part of the country’s childhood immunization program.


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References

  • https://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/museums/2013/11/26/natural-history-museum-bingo-japanese-spider-crab/