Giant crabs invade Europe

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Millions of giant crabs from Russia weighing up to 25lb and measuring nearly a metre across are invading Europe, eating everything in their path, says a report in The Telegraph.

The Kamchatka or Red king crabs, Paralithodes camtschatica, underwent a dramatic population explosion in the early nineties and have been steadily spreading southwards. The population is now over 10 million strong and has reached the Lofoten Islands in Scandinavia.

The crabs, which are said to be able to remove a finger with a snap of the claw, will eat anything and have decimated the fisheries of the region.

Elvis Jenssen told The Telegraph: "The bloody things hoover up everything off the bottom of the sea and all the fish are disappearing. They came over from Russia and now they are taking over."