Shell-shocked at aquar­ium

The Oban Times - - News -

A MON­STER crab has been caught and placed in the Mull Aquar­ium, Europe’s first catch and re­lease fa­cil­ity of its kind.

The aquar­ium’s unique zoo li­cence al­lows crea­tures caught lo­cally to stay for up to four weeks be­fore they are re­turned to the sea, where they came from. Not only does this mini- mise the im­pact on the oceans but it means the dis­plays are al­ways chang­ing. The aquar­ium has seen more than 83 dif­fer­ent species in the past two months.

As a non-profit com­mu­nity com­pany, the aquar­ium is sup­ported greatly by lo­cal fish­er­men who are reg­u­larly bring­ing in new and ex­cit­ing crea­tures.

But aquar­ium staff were left speech­less on Fri­day when one of the lo­cal fish­er­men de­liv­ered this mon­ster ed­i­ble crab, which he caught ear­lier in the day.

It will be stay­ing at the aquar­ium for a short while be­fore it is re­turned to the sea as part of the catch and re­lease pro­gramme.

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