Louie, the giant 22-pound lobster was finally set free at 132 years old in the summer of 2017. He was trapped in a tank for 20 years and finally was able to taste freedom. He spent two decades inside a tank in a Long Island restaurant. His owner, Yamali, wouldn’t let anybody eat the magnificent creature, so instead, he released him into the wild.
The town of Hempstead gathered for an official ceremony to return the lobster to the wild. Lobster expert Bob Bayer, the executive director at the Lobster Institute in Maine, believes that Louie will prosper in the wild. Louie may be half the size of the largest lobster ever caught, but he’s much bigger than the average three to four-pound average lobster.
King of the Jellyfish
The Lion’s Mane Jellyfish is the largest species of jellyfish in the world! The creature gets its name from the association of its tentacles appearing like the hairs on a lion’s mane. The biggest recorded specimen of a Lion’s Mane was found on a shore in Massachusetts Bay in 1870. The bell of this colossus measured about seven feet and six inches.
And with tentacles reaching up to 121 feet, it may be a while before we find another Lion’s Mane of this size. The Lion’s Mane jellyfish is a cold-water creature, found in the cold waters of the Arctic, northern Atlantic, and northern Pacific Oceans. It has a lifespan of about a year, and its diet consists of other smaller jellyfish.
A Lap Dog
This could be proof that everyone likes to cuddle, even bears! He's not really a bear, but we wouldn't have known any better if it wasn't for being on our list. In fact, we would have gone as far as to say that this is some kind of Yeti that got excavated from the polar ice caps and was somehow domesticated by some random guy!
He's a mountain Pyrenees, but don't tell him that; he likes to think he's the perfect lap dog. For such a big dog, he still manages to be as cute as a button, and look at all that fluff! We could imagine this adorable beast sitting on Santa's lap up in the North Pole, keeping him warm all year round before his big Christmas trip.
The Saltwater Crocodile That Eats Sharks
Male saltwater crocodiles are huge animals. They can range in weight from 1,000 to 2,000 pounds. Brutus the giant saltwater croc measures as 18-foot long. In 2014, he became famous for devouring a bull shark. Brutus was photographed in Kakadu’s Adelaide River. He first rose to popularity when he ate kangaroo meat on a "jumping crocodile" tour in 2011.
But, he really obtained his dignified status after winning a fight against a shark three years following. Harry Bowman from Adelaide River Cruises explained that it’s pretty gob-smacking for them, and that a lot of people who come on these cruises haven’t seen a crocodile before. To see them in the wild up so close, he thinks people are awed, that it’s like seeing a dinosaur.
This Crab’s Legs Are Insane
Here you have it, the world's largest crab. The Japanese Spider Crab lives around the waters of Japan. While it's clearly not a spider, it has spider-like legs, hence its name. Their legs are longer than any other arthropod, spanning 18 feet from claw to claw. These crabs can weigh up to 42 pounds. In Japanese, their names are “taka-ashi-gani,” which translates as “tall legs crab.”
Their bodies are armored to serve as protection against predators like octopi. They are master camouflagers and make use of ocean elements like shells and sponges to disguise themselves. Crabs, in general, can live for years, these guys can live for over a century! They are also considered a delicacy in Japan and other Asian countries.