CLAW blimey! Teenager Macaulay Eve could not believe his eyes when he came across this huge pincer on a Hartlepool beach.
The whopping claw was all that remained of the monster crustacean, so the 14-year-old quickly bagged it and took it home.
Macaulay, who attends St Hild’s School in Hartlepool, stumbled across it when he was walking home along the beach at West View on Tuesday night.
Dad Ian Eve, a taxi driver from Clavering, was amazed when he saw it.
He said: “It’s massive. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.
“It must have been some sized crab, if that’s what it came from.
“I go crabbing myself with family and I have never seen one that big.
“It scared the life out of me when Macaulay brought it home.”
The claw measures around 18 inches long and Ian, a dad-of-four, says it is big enough to fit around a man’s wrist.
Crabs are normally around the size of a dinner plate.
The largest ever caught was in the Northern Pacific Ocean. It weighed around 15kg, and was almost six feet long.
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