Greg Wolff from Reefworld with Hayden Bradford with a mud crab that has a third claw.
Greg Wolff from Reefworld with Hayden Bradford with a mud crab that has a third claw. Karleila Thomsen

Extra claw saves crab

SAVED from a dinner plate, one mighty mud crab will live the rest of its life at Reefworld Aquarium in Hervey Bay thanks to a peculiar trait.

The crab, which is currently nameless, was caught by Boat Harbour Fisheries from the Sandy Strait near River Heads at the weekend.

Destined for the seafood market, it was given a second chance at life after a fisherman noticed not two but three big claws on the crab.

Hayden Bradford, who owns Boat Harbour Fisheries with his father, Ross, says he has never seen anything like it.

Neither has Reefworld owner Ross Wolff: “I’ve never even heard of it; it’s a freak of nature really.”

Instead of becoming a delicious meal, Mr Bradford believes the crab is so special it should be in a museum for everyone to see.

On Tuesday the three to five-year-old took up residence in a display tank at Reefworld and will surely be kept happy living with a female mud crab.

Mr Wolff suggests the crab should be called Tri for its three claws, however Lucky was also thrown around as a possibility.



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