Watch This Crab Escape A Boiling Pot To Save His Friends From Sure Death

  • This crab exhibits both "fight" and "flight" responses in an attempt to save himself and friends from becoming dinner

In situations of pending death, there are two possible courses of action for human or beast—either accept fate or fight like hell to survive. This is known as the “fight or flight” response. Neither response is the “correct” course of action, and a person will never know how they’ll react until their backs are against the wall.

Or in this case, their shell is in some hot water.

This crab did a little bit of both fight and flight and almost saved his own life and the lives of his crustacean compadres. We’re saying “almost” because we’re assuming the person filming dropped the little escape artist right back into the pot when the camera stopped rolling.

Captured in Lianyungang in Jiangsu Province, north of Shanghai, earlier this month, this clever crab was able to crawl out of a boiling hot pan and turn off the burner in an attempt to save himself and his pals or maybe just prevent them from over-cooking.

We’ve seen many amazing and lucky escapes around here, but this crab is one of our favorites. He probably won’t crack our list of people who survived the impossible, but we’ll give him an honorable mention.

In case you’re wondering why the crab was still alive, or you’ve never cooked a shellfish, it’s always best to keep the meal alive for as long as possible. Boiling or cooking live crabs ensures the freshness and quality and the least amount of unwanted bacterial growth.  Once a shellfish dies, bacteria grows inside the shell, and not the kind that a human wants to ingest.

Here’s a handy guide on cooking shellfish (specifically lobsters) the correct way. Although after watching this video, you’re probably better off leaving the job to experts and just eating out.