08/09/2013 12:49 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Crab Grabs Otter By The Brow (PHOTO)

A crustacean had another animal in quite the uncomfortable position this week when the crab grabbed an otter by the eyebrow.

Norwegian photographer Andre Sørlie managed to capture the otter's painful position in a snap that shows the crab pinching the otter's face.

otter crab

Sørlie was vacationing with his family on Ulvøya, a small island off the mainland near Oslo, Norway, when he spotted the otter Wednesday. The 37-year-old quickly fetched his camera to take a snap of an otter as its head popped up when the crab reached its claw out of the water, he told the Verdens Gang newspaper.

"The otter looked very uncomfortable, but he dived and I never saw him come up again, so I hope he's okay," Sørlie told Norway's The Local, speculating that the otter probably shook the crab off.

Crabs primarily use their pincers to grab objects and eat. However, the strong claws are also the crustacean's most obvious form of defense against perceived predators.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article described the otter as a sea otter. It is, in fact, a European otter. The article has been changed to reflect this.



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