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Crablike animal however it looks like a plant. Doesn't seem that fast when it comes to speed. enter image description here

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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to Biology.SE. Can you please indicate where (broad scale and finer scale) and when you took this picture. Was the picture taken underwater? Also what do you mean exactly by "not so fast"? Feel free to add any other information that may help. $\endgroup$ – Remi.b Mar 5 '17 at 5:20
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It looks like a clump of seaweed to me. But I can pick out pairs of legs.

It is a species of "seaweed crab" or "decorator crab": a crab that camouflages itself with bits of seaweed it picks up, so its appearance can vary depending on its surroundings. Here's a video, and as you say, in the speed department, it's a bit lacking.

It is identified as Naxia tumida as opposed to the larger decorator crabs. The cephalothorax is that round brown bump in the middle, and in front of it (in the middle below the long axis) are the pincer legs. The second and third pairs of legs have quite a lot of seaweed attached (making up what I've described as the 'long axis'.)

Here is a screenshot from the video of a Naxia tumida.

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