‘Big Daddy’ was saved from being served up, after being found in deep waters off the Japanese island of Honshu, and shipped to Sea Life Centre Blackpool as part of conservation work.
Now he has been treated to a pampering session, seeing displays supervisor Scott Blacker spend five hours carefully cleaning him from claw to claw with more than 50 toothbrushes.
He said: “I was looking forward to this challenge. Big Daddy is such a character and nothing like any of the other creatures we have in the centre. I had no idea how many toothbrushes we would have to use though. He certainly lives up to his name Giant Spider Crab. I just hope he enjoyed his first Sea Life pampering experience.
Scott had to carefully negotiate each leg and sharp claw, as well as taking special care around the under-side of his giant shell.
The truly giant Spider Crab was destined for a Japanese fish market until a reprieve was negotiated and he was flown to the UK instead.
Numbers of the Japanese Spider Crab continue to diminish as they are caught for food and those still surviving are forced into icy waters – almost 2,000 feet deep - where they are less easily captured.