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50 Foot Crab: A 'Crabzilla' Monster or a Viral Hoax?

By    |   Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 07:18 AM

A giant 50-foot crab was spotted at a harbor in Kent, England, recently, says a man who claims he has photographic proof, but others believe the image is a Photoshopped hoax.

Quinton Winter, of the website Weird Whitstable, told the Express he originally had doubts when he first saw the photograph sent to him by a follower, which showed the creature lurking in shallow water by the dock.

"Crabbing is a popular activity for children during the summer. Does this satellite photo of the harbor reveal a giant crab or unusual sand formation?" Winter wrote in a caption under a photo showing the alleged "Crabzilla."



But after a run-in with the 50-foot crab last summer, Quinton's now a believer.

"At first all I could see was some faint movement, then as it rose from the water I thought, 'that’s a funny looking bit of driftwood,'" he told the Express. "It had glazed blank eyes on stalks, swiveling wildly and it clearly was a massive crab with crushing claws. Before this incident I thought the aerial photo showed an odd-shaped sand bank. Now I know better."

But is Crabzilla real? Considering that the largest known crab — the Japanese Spider Crab — is about 12-feet long, many have their doubts.

Graphic artist Ashley Austen said the image of the crab could have easily been dropped into the aerial photograph of the harbor.

"The image of the giant crab can be quite easily recreated in Photoshop," Austen told Kent Online. "All the 'artist' had to do is find a suitable image of a crab, overlay it on to the satellite picture of the harbor and apply a few filters to it to get the realistic look."

Snopes.com, a website that investigates rumors on the Internet, has also ruled that the photograph is likely a forgery.

"There is no other proof confirming that Crabzilla exists," Snopes.com reported. "Judging by the image source, the unbelievable size, and the fact that this picture could easily be created with Photoshop, we have to rate the Crabzilla photograph as a likely fake."

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A giant 50-foot crab was spotted at a harbor in Kent, England, recently, says a man who claims he has photographic proof, but others believe the image is a Photoshopped hoax.
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