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Local Michigan Crab Becomes Surprise TikTok Star

  • Wednesday September 1st 2021
  • tiktok, crab, video, creature

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SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium

Thanos the Blue Crab & His Toy Squishy Goes Viral With Over 5.5 Million Views

View the video on TikTok HERE >

Thanos, the blue crab who lives in the Mangrove exhibit at SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium, became an overnight viral TikTok star! His cute video has been viewed over 5.5 million times (and counting!), making him Michigan's most famous crustacean!

In the TikTok video, an aquarium guest accidentally dropped a toy alligator into the habitat and Thanos grabbed it immediately and wouldn't let go! Eager viewers begged for a follow-up video with Thanos and his beloved squishy toy — the way he hugs it in the heartwarming second part proves true love does exist!

Fun facts about Thanos the Crab:

  • His favorite foods are krill, shrimp and clams
  • He's 2 years old
  • He was rescued from commercial fishing bycatch
  • Guests can "sea" Thanos up-close in a pop-up bubble inside his habitat in the Mangrove Exhibit
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About SEA LIFE Michigan

SEA LIFE Michigan is a 26,000-square-foot aquarium in Auburn Hills, Mich.-based Great Lakes Crossing Outlets. As the 7th SEA LIFE location in the United States, and the 42nd in the world, SEA LIFE Michigan features engaging, educational and one-of-a-kind experiences that bring guests nose-to-nose with more than 2,000 amazing creatures, including sharks, stingrays, jellyfish, rescued green sea turtles and much, much more. SEA LIFE provides a glimpse of the diversity of marine life while also playing an active role in animal and environmental conservation. Visitors will see strong evidence of SEA LIFE’s Breed, Rescue and Protect activities around the world, including new projects developed locally. For more information, visit


About Merlin Entertainments

Merlin Entertainments is a global leader in location-based, family entertainment. As Europe's number one and the world's second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin operates 137 attractions, 22 hotels and 6 holiday villages in 24 countries across 4 continents. Merlin’s purpose is to deliver memorable experiences to its millions of guests around the world, through its iconic brands and multiple attraction formats, and the commitment and passion of its employees.  

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