posted on Mar, 12 2011 @ 11:32 AM
I live in west central Scotland, UK and we have a holiday flat on the Isle of Cumbrae, just off Scotlands west coast.
Whilst on the island, a few years ago, I saw a strange creature, and I'd like the help of the crypto followers here in identifying it if possible.
It looked a lot like a large scorpion, or lobster type of shape, but I don't specifically remember it having particularly large claws or a stinger.
It did have several legs, and it moved very quickly, like a scorpion.
The trouble is that it was big, maybe 25cm long, and I don't think that there are scorpions of that description on the loose here? and I don't think
Lobsters can run on land?
The sighting took place in the dead of winter. It was immediately after a large storm, and I was walking along a road-side pavement (sidewalk?)
immediately adjacent to the sea.
There was a lot of water and some sand on the road, from the storm. It was windy, very cloudy & grey, and raining lightly.
Something caught my eye, moving towards me on the side of the road a few feet ahead. I stopped and just stared at it as it scuttled past. It was
running on several legs (I'd guess about 6 or 8) was a very dark grey colour, and as mentioned earlier, had the general appearance of a scorpion.
I turned round as it went past me, and decided to chase it to get a better look, it was moving faster than I could walk! I had to break into a light
jog to keep up, but as soon as I'd managed to get level with it again, it disappeared down a drainage channel in the kerb.
I'm sorry I don't have any photos, The whole sighting lasted just a few seconds, and I must admit to being quite scared of whatever it was.
I guessed that someone local would know what it was, but the first few people I asked looked at me like I was mad! So I gave up asking.
and... before anyone asks... No I was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol!
My question is simply - does anyone know what it could have been?
I'm guessing scorpions don't like cold wet scottish island coastlines?
and that lobsters etc can't run on land?
Is there a crab maybe? which looks scorpion-like?
Any help would be much appreciated.