How cool are crabs? 10 facinating facts

To celebrate our name, Smashed Crab Software, here are a few fun facts about crabs

We recently changed our brand name from Smashed Crab Studio to Smashed Crab Software in order to better communicate our ‘product’. But we wanted to keep our personality so we decided to keep the Smashed Crab bit. To celebrate our crabbiness, here are some crabby facts.

Here are our top 10:

  1. Crabs are generally covered with a thick exoskeleton, and have a single pair of pincers (we are starting off on an obvious one)
  1. Hermit crabs, king crabs, porcelain crabs, horseshoe crabs, and crab lice – are not true crabs
  1. Crabs vary in size from the pea crab, a few millimeters wide, to the Japanese spider crab, with a leg span up to 4 m (13 ft)
  1. The earliest unambiguous crab fossils date from the Jurassic era
  1.  In fiddler crabs, males have one greatly enlarged claw used for communication, particularly for attracting a mate
  1. Crabs attract a mate through chemical (pheromones), visual, acoustic, or vibratory means
  1. Crabs typically walk sideways, because of the articulation of the legs which makes a sidelong gait more efficient. However, some crabs walk forwards or backwards.
  1. Crabs can communicate by drumming or waving their pincers
  1. Crabs make up 20% of all marine crustaceans caught, farmed, and consumed worldwide, amounting to around 1.5 million tonnes annually (according to Wiki)
  1. Once crabs have become juveniles, they still have to keep moulting many more times to become adults. They are covered with a hard shell, which would otherwise prevent growth

We are crabby. Because of our name, we have embraced the crab. Our office is home to many representations of crabs from small plastic ones, knitted ones to plush cuddly ones.

One more fact - our Marketing Executive, Jayne, cannot even look at a crab. She has a fear of them following an experience in her childhood.

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