'Gigantic crab' creates a buzz [Daily Tribune (Bahrain)]
(Daily Tribune (Bahrain) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Whether it exists or not, the claims of sighting the giant crab by Advertising and Marketing agency Ogilvy and Mather has definitely created a buzz among the public with social media users, in large numbers, going overboard, engaging themselves in serious discussions.
A prominent environmentalist in the Kingdom said the authorities were flooded with calls on Friday following the reports.
Speaking to DT News on condition of anonymity, he said, there was no reason to believe that the information was true.
"I've checked with fisheries and environmental authorities. They've completely ruled out the possibility of the claims being true. Theoretically as well, the Gulf waters are a closed body and unlike the Atlantic, it's not known for having large creatures," he said adding that there are occasional accounts of sighting whales in the Gulf waters.
The expert also questioned the genuineness of the claims by saying that there were no proof of sighting this giant crab.
"In these times when everyone has a phone fitted with camera, it sounds odd that no body had taken the picture of it. Even if the claims turn out to be true, it's disappointing that the agency had kept the authorities concerned in the dark," he said adding that he doubts the entire episode was built up on speculations.
"The laymen are no experts and they don't know much about crabs. They could have seen some large crab and had exaggerated its size," the environmentalist added.
In its claims, Ogilvy and Mather had said that the giant crab weighs up to 50kg with a leg span of over 5m.
The nearest known monster crab is Portunus Giganticus from Tasmania, which is found in the waters off Southern Australia at depths of 140 metres to 270 metres. According to experts they weigh between 12 and 15 kilograms.
On the entire episode, Daniel Kurien, an Indian fisherman in Bahrain expressed his own doubts. "It sounds cooked up. I've never come across crabs even closer to the size described by the agency."
The claims had left another fisherman PK Ahmed baffled. "I don't think something like this has happened, even in India. So, I'm really taken aback when I heard that such a crab was spotted in Bahrain."
Meanwhile, a Twitter account GiantCrabBH was set up on Thursday in a bid to "help track Portunus Giganticus in Bahrain". The account states that it is hopeful of finding the creature, but does not have any clue about its whereabouts.
Mohammed Zafran/ DTNN
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