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That’s a big crustacean!
An Australian fisherman recently caught a giant lobster and featured the creature in a now viral TikTok video.
In the clip, user Brodie Moss holds up the lobster – which he called crayfish – so the camera can see how big it is while he explains that he will put the creature back in the water.
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“I’ll bring him back,” says Moss in the clip. “Cancers can live a bit out of water, so I just thought I’d show you. He’s an absolutely beautiful, beautiful creature. I can’t take this home with me. Look at the size of him guys.”
After the video shows off the giant crustaceans, it cuts the lobster back in the water and crawls away, just as Moss promised.
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“Have you ever seen a giant crayfish like this one?” Moss captioned the clip. “Like a large ocean spider, they live in underwater caves or ledges that hide.”
The video has been viewed more than 3 million times since it was released earlier this month.
Many of the commentators were grateful that Moss had released the lobster back into the ocean.
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“Larger ones mean better survival genetics and a higher chance of survival,” wrote one commentator. “Good choice to publish.”
Someone else said, “Thanks for putting it back and not being shellfish.”
Others pointed out that Moss called the creature a crayfish when it is actually a lobster.
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However, according to some other commentators – and the Western Australia fisheries website – it is common for Australians to refer to lobsters as “crayfish” or “crays”.
While it is common for Australians to refer to lobsters as crabs, there is actually a difference between the two. According to the Western Australian Museum, lobsters – which are also different from other lobsters – are found in salt water, while crabs are found in fresh water.