Fisherman catches 'ultra-rare' crab that looks like a pastry

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That’s one deliciouslooking crab.

A fisherman caught a rare crab off the coast of England that has a unique look to it. From some angles, the animal’s shell coating makes it look less like a sea creature and more like a pastry dish.

sponge coated crab caught

Ian Jepson caught a rare type of crab that locals have nicknamed the “sponge-coated” crab during a trip off the coast of Cornwall, Southwest News Service (SWNS) reports. He was about six miles off the coast when the creature was first spotted.

“We do get a few weird things now and again and it is great to see. It certainly makes the day more enjoyable out here,” Jepson explained to SWNS. “We caught it six miles off Perranporth and were delighted. You don’t see them often, so it was lovely to see. Afterwards we carefully and slowly returned it so the sponge remained on its back”

sponge coated crab
(SWNS)

According to Jepson, the crabs carve out a piece of sponge and fit it over their backs. From the right angle, the animal looks like a baked pastry. Jepson compared it to a local dish, called a pasty, which is a baked pastry filled with meats and vegetables.

While these types of crabs are generally rare, Jepson says that he’s seen an uptick in sightings recently.

“I’m not too sure if they are actually called sponge crabs, but we have always called them that,” Jepson said. “They seem to carve out a piece of sponge which is loose fitting on their backs. We only usually get one every year or two, but this summer we have had five already. I don’t know if the increase is down to global warming, but I am now trying to find out how far they have spread.”

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